More follow up on Da Vinci Code and the Vatican from today’s Publisher’s Lunch:

Another Prominent Catholic Is Softer On CODE
Monsignor Jose Maria Pinheiro, nominated to be bishop of Sao Paulo just two weeks ago, has adopted a softer position on THE DA VINCI CODE than the Vatican-appointed antagonist Cardinal Bertone.

Pinheiro said “I would recommend prudence. “It is important to talk to young people about it so that they can differentiate, but I don’t think it’s necessary to ban its reading.”

Separately, USA Today looks at some of the wave of books positioned as “the next DA VINCI CODE,” focusing on The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman, Improbable by Adam Fawer, The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant, Map of Bones by James Rollins, and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

I think the Monsignor is right. This wave is going to take some time to pass. Better to just ride it out.