Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said Pope Francis has “taken her aback” with his liberal interpretation of Christianity and has expressed fears he may be being influenced by the mainstream media...She told interviewer Jake Tapper: “He'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.”
She continued: "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," the former Governor of Alaska said.
My favorite response to Palin is quoted elsewhere in the article: “If Sarah Palin's this shocked by Pope Francis, she'll be catatonic when she finally gets round to reading about Jesus in the New Testament.” I have to admit: I was skeptical about Pope Francis, but the news that Palin and other conservatives dislike him, combined with the images of him stopping a procession to comfort a disfigured man, have convinced me that he's a positive force in the world, even if the organization he's running is regressive and harmful. He's leading by example, and he's bringing up serious issues that make conservative Christians very uncomfortable. I think you can tentatively count this atheist and self-excommunicated Catholic as a Pope Francis fan.