WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Former Vice Presidential candidate and governor of Alaska Sarah Palin said that some “liberal” statements from Pope Francis have “taken her aback,” and she expressed caution that this may be influenced by media narratives.

Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Palin said the Pope’s “had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me. There again, 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 said that she is not jumping to conclusions from media stories about the pope until she does her own “homework” on Pope Francis.

“I’m kinda trying to follow what his agenda is. You know he came out with a couple of things in the media but again I’m not one to trust the media’s interpretation of somebody’s message but having read through media outlets,” said Palin.

Palin said she attends a non-denominational church In Alaska, and said that she is a “born again” Christian and without her faith she doesn’t know how she would have the strength to overcome some daily struggles.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate has released a new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”

The discussion of faith referenced the Roman Catholic leader’s more liberal leanings with women, abortion and homosexuality than previous popes.

She also expressed her strong faith’s relation to the natural beauty she found growing up in Alaska, and said she came to the realization that “there is something greater than the self.”


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