Sarah Palin says she wasn't criticizing Pope Francis earlier this week when she said she was "taken aback" and surprised by some of his comments that sounded "kind of liberal."
On Tuesday, the former Alaska governor and 2012 vice presidential candidate told CNN's Jake Tapper
, "He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me."
But "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."
Palin clarified herself Thursday on Facebook
"It was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis," she wrote.
"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."
She took the opportunity to renew her criticism of the media.
"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," Palin wrote.
Trusted Catholics have assured her that "Pope Francis is as sincere and faithful a shepherd of his church as his two predecessors whom I admired," Palin said.
"I apologize for not being clearer in my response, thus opening the door to critical media that does what it does best in ginning up controversy."
Some other conservatives are more critical of Pope Francis.
"It seems he’s focusing on bringing back the left that’s fallen away, but what about the conservatives?" Bridget Kurt, a devoted Catholic in Smyrna, Ga., asked in The New York Times
"Even when it was discouraging working in pro-life, you always felt like Mother Teresa was on your side and the popes were encouraging you. Now I feel kind of thrown under the bus."
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