Sarah Palin ‘Surprised’ By Pope Francis’ ‘Liberal’ Sounding Statements

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Tuesday that some of the pope’s statements “sounded kind of liberal,” but assured CNN’s Jake Tapper that she wouldn’t necessarily trust her ears nor the “lamestream media” until she did her “own homework” on the matter.

“Having read through media outlets, he’s had some statements that to me sounded kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” the former Republican vice presidential nominee said on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “But 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.”

Francis raised eyebrows in September when he criticized corners of the church for being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” on abortion, gay marriage and contraception. The pope later reiterated that abortion was wrong.

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