Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Thursday after recent comments she made about Pope Francis seemingly making “kind of liberal” statements, claiming on her Facebook page that she did not intend to criticize the pontiff.

“I was reminding viewers that we need to do our own homework on news subjects, and I hadn’t done mine yet on the Pope’s recent comments as reported by the media,” Palin wrote. “Knowing full well how often the media mischaracterizes a person’s comments (especially a religious leader’s), I don’t trust them to get it right when it comes to reporting on the Vatican.”

The 2008 vice-presidential candidate went on to say that she trusts her family and friends who have since informed and assured her that Pope Francis “is as sincere and faithful a shepherd of his church as his two predecessors.”

Palin apologized for not offering a clear response, which she contends yielded a situation in which “critical media” created controversy over her remarks.

She made the initial comments in an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper on Tuesday. While Palin said she’s trying to follow Pope Francis, she claimed the media’s interpretation of the pontiff’s message has caused her pause.

“He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” Palin said.

While she offered this assessment, Palin also expressed a distrust of media saying, “Unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media.”

As for her own faith, Palin told Tapper that she goes to a “Bible-believing church” and that she is a born-again Christian.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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