Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, posted to her Facebook Thursday an apology for her statements during a Tuesday interview with CNN, USA Today reported Friday.
"It was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis," Palin 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."
Palin told CNN the pope has made "some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me." The politician did not specify which of the pontiff's statements gave her pause, but she said "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."
The former governor's Facebook post said Catholic friends and family have assured her Pope Francis "is as sincere and faithful a shepherd of his church."
"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," Palin wrote.