"(It) aims to discredit the Church and its history through gross and absurd manipulations," Bertone, the archbishop of the northern Italian city of Genoa and a close friend of Pope John Paul II told the paper in its Monday edition.Source
He goes on to say:
"You can find that book everywhere and the risk is that many people who read it believe that those fairy tales are real," he said. "I think I have the responsibility to clear things up to unmask the cheap lies contained in books like that."
And perhaps that is true that some people will believe it is real, but some people seem to believe Star Trek is real and perhaps there is someone who honestly believes that the world of Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World is real.
But, Cardinal, dude. It's fiction. Anything that I buy from the "Fiction and Literature" section of Barnes and Nobles is typically assumed to be a story that the author simply made up.