The “omerta,” as any fan of mob movies knows, is the code of silence among Mafia members.

The “omerta,” as any fan of mob movies knows, is the code of silence among Mafia members. It is, we believe, what former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating had in mind when he said certain Catholic Church officials dealing with the church’s ongoing sex scandal “hide and suppress” like “La Cosa Nostra.” We don’t think he meant that the Catholic Church is making juice loans and breaking kneecaps.