There are different portraits that people “paint” of the Catholic Church, and of the Catholic faith.  Most of them do not accurately represent the real thing. Portraits are a person’s interpretation of a subject. Some “artists” take creative license when painting those portraits and some are just too unskilled to paint a portrait that accurately represents the subject. Don’t get confused by following a portrait of the Church. Follow the real thing—the Church as she is, and as she defines herself.