The Vatican on Wednesday defended the choice of Doubleday to publish
Pope Benedict XVI’s new book in North America, responding to an Italian newspaper’s
barb that the company is part of the publishing giant holding the rights to
‘The Da Vinci Code,’ which was assailed by the church.
Benedict, a theologian and prolific author as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is
coming out with his first book as pontiff this spring, titled ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’