Sarah Palin Implies Pope Francis is Too “Liberal” for Daring to Act Like a Christian

palin-francisThe tea party “expert on everything” has once against blessed us all with her extensive knowledge.  In a recent interview, Sarah Palin said of Pope Francis, “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.”

I’m almost sure she’s referencing the interview Pope Francis did where he called on the church to stop obsessing about “small-minded issues” such as contraceptives, abortion and gay marriage.

In the interview, Pope Francis said:

“We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.  The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules.  The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you.  And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all.”

These comments followed his admission that he had been “reprimanded” by the church for not pushing their anti-abortion message more.

Or maybe she was talking about when Pope Francis said of gay priests, “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”

While none of his comments have signaled a change in policies by the church toward any of these issues, Pope Francis’ thoughts have been seen by some as extremely refreshing to see a pope who seems to act like an actual Christian.

Except to people like Sarah Palin who apparently think he’s acting a little too “liberal.”

Funny how that works, isn’t it?  A Pope makes comments that encourage the church to move beyond “small-minded” issues and focus more on helping people—and that means he’s acting “liberal.”

Let’s see, being a Christian means you try to live a life based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was a man who preached love, hope, acceptance, forgiveness—while living a life helping the poor and the needy.

Pope Francis might be the first pope who seems to actually be pushing the Catholic church toward many of these Christian principles supported by Jesus, and for that he’s acting “liberal.”  As if that’s a bad thing. 

Well, while Pope Francis isn’t perfect, I have been highly encouraged by his leadership thus far.  I know any change that might come will be an extremely slow process — we are talking about the Vatican here — but it’s still nice to see a pope who seems to “get it” far more than many of his colleagues and predecessors.  If people like Sarah Palin have a problem with that, too damn bad.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Poogie Bell

    Palin IS NOT A CATHOLIC and has absolutely no weight in what she is saying. THIS bullshit is the stuff of religious fighting. As a Catholic I am insulted by her statement.

    • Pipercat

      As a sentient being, I’m not insulted by her statements; instead, I’m truly amazed by the incredible presumption during delivery!

      • Shawn

        She is a train wreck. THAT is the reason she is “news”

    • Bert A

      And as a human being, I am ashamed that I share the same species classification with those of the Tea Party…

    • John Holroyd

      Get off your Catholic high horse. I am an atheist and I am disgusted by her comments.

      • Maszk

        Sarah Palin is an absolute mess and regardless or your own religious affiliation she will always be a ignorant mess. I to am an atheist and I find her statements exactly the same way I find all of her statements, ignorant an uninformed.
        Even as an atheist I am finding Pope Francis more and more likable by the day and truly believe he is going to do great thing with his position of power

    • Uuena Van Light

      Does not Matter. Her words resonate to certain percentage of people. These people believe everything about of Palin mouth is Truth.

      Palin can tell the Earth really Flat. If you goes to the edge, God cast a spell and you mysteriously appear on the other side.

      They believe it.

  • Darkthunder

    In a fight between Ms Palin and the Pope, my money’s on the Pope.

    • Gary Menten

      I sure as hell wouldn’t put my money on Caribou Barbie.

      • Pipercat


      • Bonta-kun

        Will you do the Fandango?

      • tstoneami

        Thunderbolts and lightning, very very frightening….

    • J Michael Soliz

      You know he is a scratcher! hehe…I wish she would go away!!!!!

      • N_Jayden

        Far, far away… From all of us.

      • cwazycajun

        oh hell no I find her ignorance quite entertaining ..just reminds me of a rabid puppy chasing its own tail

  • T McMillen

    The Gospel is neither Fresh, nor Fragrant…it only looks back to teach, never forward. God lives now & tomorrow, the Christian Taliban lives yesterday!

  • Suzie

    I know this is not very Christian-like, but I would like to get in Sarah Palin’s face and tell her to STFU.

  • rblouin

    Can’t wait until the time comes we will say Sarah who.

  • veganmom

    Her 15 minutes should have been up years ago. Why does this site and other liberal and progressive sites post about her every single day? Seriously — let her go. No one wants to read about her daily.

  • AnnieRae

    Go back to Alaska, Sarah, and stay there

  • Ellen H.

    Her comments just proved to me once again that the right isn’t Christian.

    • Republicans_are_Evil

      You cannot be a Christian and a right winger.

  • Mr Smith

    By definition a Christian absolutely must be liberal. So what does that make Sara Palin? She certainly isn’t a Christian.

  • Gary Menten

    The Pope is a Jesuit. Jesuits are rigorously trained intellectually. Ms Palin is Republican. Republicans are rigidly anti-intellectual. So if one of them is likely to say anything that makes sense, it is far more likely the Pope than Caribou Barbie.

  • southside mike

    If Sarah Palin’s this shocked by Pope Francis, her head will explode when she finally gets round to reading about Jesus in the New Testament.

    • Janell Van Dunk

      You assume she can read

      • Cathy Neal

        But does she comprehend what she reads?

      • cwazycajun

        yep them there words of more than 2 letters can be a might tricky

    • TattooHero

      I have my doubts that many fundie Christians have read the New Testament.

  • Really

    Doesn’t your statement mean,,, God Bless most… ?

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    Flagged as homophobic hate speech. You are no Christian.

    • Guest

      Hey Norm – do you know what Jesus said about homosexuality? As a Christian (i.e. a follower of Christ) you really should know…. He said nothing, nothing at all. You should, as a follower of Christ, follow his example.

  • Julid

    Hey Norm – do you know what Jesus said about homosexuality? As a
    Christian (i.e. a follower of Christ) you really should know…. He
    said nothing, nothing at all. You should, as a follower of Christ,
    follow his example.

  • Rexst

    It never ceases to amaze me how this woman with so little substance to draw upon would have the gall to make such sweeping statements. Does she even have an inkling that these matters are way way beyond her depth?

  • shopper

    As a right winger, she would probably claim that God told her so but I would claim that when God spoke to me, She told me the Pope is right. Who would you believe? LOL

  • Ellen H.

    Do you eat shellfish or pork? Do you wear mixed fabrics? Do you have a tattoo? All of those things are also abominations. If you are going to follow one verse in Leviticus, then you need to follow them all.

  • Gary Menten

    The bible also condones slavery. Both testaments are filled with instances of it. Do you also then condone slavery? After all, it’s in the bible.

  • Rusti

    Sorry, but the “freshness and the fragrance” of the Gospels is lost to the fundamentalists such as Palin. The Pope is correct about the “small-minded issues” and Palin is too ignorant and small-minded to see that. She misses one huge point, too, and that is that Church and State are separate for a reason. While each (the Pope and Palin) have a right to say what they will, a wave of my hat to the Pope: a wave of my social finger to Palin!

  • ScottTiger

    I was a Christian for over 25 years (now a long-time Buddhist). Jesus taught love and forgiveness, not 18th century ideology. The Pope is a lot closer to what Jesus taught than Palin. It’s people like her that made me seek other paths. They worship a hateful OT deity (see Job).

  • VagabondTravel

    I can not understand how Tea Baggers can profess to be Christian but be totally intolerant of any other religion than whatever fundamentalist backwater cult it is they are supposed to believe in. Of course Tea Baggers also hate blacks, Jews, poor people, all foreigners, Muslims, Liberals, Democrats, Asians, Buddhist, Hindus, Communists, women in general, evolutionists, homosexuals, and obviously Roman Catholics too. At least they are all Equal opportunity haters.

  • Wendy Wilson

    Reminds me of the song”What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding.” The covenant Christ gave us is to love. Period.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    now I really want 2 sex her sexy sexy body—- she better remember to bring me a bunch of VERY cold YOO HOOs for my thirst after I ” drill baby drill”

  • spaterac

    Palin is the last person to say Christian. I really admire the new Pope. It is about time to bring about kindness and compassion. Palin and all the other Republicans hate the poor. Dont care about the sick. Cut the food for children every year. They cut medical research every year and crush the hopes of children and adults. Nope, there is nothing about Republicans that would be considered Christian. All of their hate. All of their Lies. Their Racist attitudes. If jesus was here and had to be a policical party, he would be Liberal. Republicans have broked every single Commandment many times and hurt people for 5 years.

  • kissyface

    this Pope has me considering going back to church. really hope he can move the church into the 21st century

    • Maszk

      I truly feel that he will be a new aged pope that will gather the estranged back to the church. I have such high hope for this man

  • Palin and her Tea Party compatriots would be the first ones to put the nails in Jesus if he were here today.

  • Allen Clifton is Wrong

    All the conclusions you make are not supported in any way by this article.

  • Shweta (Omana)

    One who don’t have any worry, he/she can eat more comfortably and they will get fat and diseases.

  • doreene

    Seriously? If the mother of all things Right Wing Tea party is calling a Pope toooo liberal, how far gone are they? (Palin people …not Catholics)

  • tstoneami

    Another indication that she should stick to being a geography professor.

  • Maszk

    Well here come the fucking moron into the conversation–Well done Norm. The bible did say that but guess what Jesus never did say anything like that and I have read the entire bible multiple times. What is wrong with idiot Christians like you is that they aren’t willing or don’t have the mental capacity to understand that the New Testament was written around 150AD, that is a long time ago for those of you who are incapable of elementary calculations. Since this book was written our would has completely changed and it seems ridiculous to think that teachings from nearly 2 millennia ago could be applied to our modern society. The only “teaching” from that book that have a place in our new society are the actual teachings of Jesus Christ. And if he were alive today to see the absolute inhumane way we treat people who only differ from us in their sexual preference he would be absolutely appalled. And that should be said of all Christians who are taught to be loving, caring, understanding, accepting, and nonjudgmental of others, especially if those others are being horrifically treated.

  • Trappersson

    Pope Francis is doing as any true Christian should do according to the examples left with us from Jesus when He walked on this earth for 33 years. Pope Francis is a representative of God, the same as any other true Christian. Jesus lead by example and we are to simply follow His lead…..very simple. In the eyes of God we are all equal regardless of how highly esteemed we may be in the eyes of man. We are not on this earth to please man, but to please God. Read the Bible and learn the truth…’ll scare the hell out of you

  • TattooHero

    Why does anyone with a clear thought in their head, cares what Palin says about anything? I don’t get all the stories about her commenting on this or that. She never knows what she is talking about.

    From her comments, I can tell she has never read the New Testament. IF she had, she would know Jesus was a progressive for his time. Just like she fails to grasp our founder fathers were the progressives of their time.

  • Spammeplez

    Sarah P is so damn entertaining.
    It’s like watching a slow motion train wreck.

  • Peasant

    Etymology of the word “Liberal” “Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man).’ The original sense was ‘suitable for a free man,’ hence ‘suitable for a gentleman’ (one not tied to a trade), surviving in liberal arts . Another early sense, ‘generous’ (sense 4 of the adjective), gave rise to an obsolete meaning ‘free from restraint,’ leading to sense 1 of the adjective (late 18th century).” It appears Pope Francis fits the bill to our delight.

  • freethinker666

    Sara honey, time and gravity are taking their toll, you never had anything relevant to say, none the less fat old white men listened and fantasized, but now that your tits are sagging, and your looks are gone, even that base is deserting you.