But more generally it refers to the Catholic Church. A faction within the leadership and clergy of the Roman Catholic Church advocates the acceptance of homosexuality within the Church and its culture
They know well that they may be exposed and embarrassed, so they shield one another by offering mutual support. They build informal relationships reminding of a clique or even mafia, aim at holding particularly those positions which offer power and money.
When they achieve a decision-making position, they try to promote and advance mostly those whose nature is similar to theirs, or at least who are known to be too weak to oppose them.