In closely examining the words and actions of Pope Francis, PopeWatch has been struck by the sheer amount of bilge about the Pope that comes forth each day. Here is a typical example, which, to their credit, the Seventh Day Adventists have debunked:
A former Adventist pastor with roots in Argentina says the recently elected Pope Francis I, who was a Roman Catholic Archbishop in Argentina, has told confidants that he wishes to punish the Adventist Church because the pontiff’s older brother was a long-time member of that denomination.
Hugo R. Gambetta, once an ordained minister in the Adventist Church who lost his credentials in 2005 amidst allegations of financial improprieties, appears in a widely circulated 17-minute video in which he says that Francis I has sworn to give top priority to implementing an international Sunday law, in retaliation against the denomination that stole his brother away from the Catholic faith. Gambetta does not give the first name of the brother, nor does he provide any dates, locations, or circumstances under which such a conversion might have taken place.
The video program came to the attention of Adventist Today when a pastor in the United States asked for help in determining if the allegation had any validity. Adventist Today has determined that the story has no foundation in fact, and this assessment has been confirmed by sources at the General Conference and in South America.
Go here to Adventist Today to read the rest. Of course none of this is sui generis to Pope Francis. All popes are subject to unsubstantiated allegations and baseless rumor mongering. Separating the wheat from the chaff is an essential duty for anyone attempting to chronicle the reign of a pope.