(CNN) - Sarah Palin attempted to clarify comments she made about the Pope in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, saying on Facebook Thursday that she was not trying to be critical of Pope Francis when she said some of his statements sound "kind of liberal."
In the interview with Tapper that aired Tuesday, Palin said she has been surprised and "taken aback" by some of the comments she heard Pope Francis make, but cautioned that she doesn't fully trust "the media's interpretation of somebody's message."
In her Facebook statement, she further explained that she doesn't trust the media "to get it right when it comes to reporting on the Vatican."
"I do, however, trust my many Catholic friends and family, including some excellent Catholic writers, who have since assured me that Pope Francis is as sincere and faithful a shepherd of his church as his two predecessors whom I admired," she added. "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."
– CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.