Vatican Cardinal Turkson to Seafarers on Sea Sunday: You’re Causing Global Warming

Cardinal Peter Turkson
Cardinal Peter Turkson. By HaiduculOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart – The Sea Sunday address by Senior Papal advisor Cardinal Peter Turkson has criticised “mechanization and automation” and lack of shore leave, and demanded more use of renewables or “cleaner burning fuels” for cargo ship propulsion.

Message for Sea Sunday 2018
(8th July 2018)

As we celebrate Sea Sunday, we are invited to remember the 1.2 millions of seafarers from all nations, professing different faiths, forced to live for several months in the confined space of a vessel, away from their families and loved ones missing the most important and meaningful events in their families (birthdays’, graduations, etc.) and failing to be present during times of trials and difficulties such as sickness and death.

Seafarers with their profession play a significant role in our global economy by transporting from one corner of the world to another, 90% of all the goods we use in our daily life. For this reason, today while we pray for all of them wherever they are, we would like also to express our gratitude for their tough work full of sacrifices.

Here are some of the challenges that the people of the sea face daily:

Denied shore leave and ship visiting

With the mechanization and automatization, the turnaround time in the ports is reduced to the minimal, leaving the crew with inadequate personal time to rest and relax. Furthermore, if the introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) might have improved maritime security at the same time it proved to be particularly challenging for seafarers. In numerous ports, crews are finding increasingly difficult to get permission to go ashore, either because of company policy or because restrictive and discriminatory regulations imposed by governments. However, that is not all. Many of our chaplains and ship visitors are denied entering into ports or prevented to go on board of vessels to provide material and spiritual welfare to seafarers who reach shore after weeks at sea.

We deplore these facts that are contradicting the spirit of the Regulation 4.4 of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) [1] entered into force on August 20th, 2013, aimed to improve wellbeing of the seafarers. Crews should not be denied the freedom of coming ashore likewise chaplains and ship visitors should not be denied the right to go on board of vessels.

Violence at sea and piracy

Though the situation is improved compared to the previous years, we would like to invite everyone to be more vigilant regarding violence at sea that generally is characterized by piracy. The root cause of piracy is always related to political instability and it is often linked to the fishing industry. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has deprived many coastal states of their natural marine resources, which created a situation of extreme poverty on land, making it easy for unscrupulous individuals to transform desperate and unemployed fishers into pirates.

We request governments and ship owners to put into place all the necessary mechanisms to protect the life of the people at sea and to minimize the economic cost.

Abandonment of vessels and crews

Abandonment of vessels and crews is not a new problem for the maritime industry. According to a newspaper report [2] from 2012 to 2017 more than 1,300 seafarers were abandoned for different reasons in foreign ports far away from home, often with unpaid salaries and without food and fuel provisions for the vessel. Once abandoned the seafarers are left themselves to struggle for food, salaries, immigration status and many more issues unless they are assisted by a welfare organization.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all Stella Maris chaplains and volunteers who, from Malta to South Africa, from United Kingdom to United States of America, for months and months have and are still providing material, spiritual, legal and psychological support to several crews of abandoned vessels.

We call for the full implementation of the amendments to the MLC 2006, requiring that a financial security system be put into place in order to ensure that ship owners provide compensation to seafarers and their families in the event of abandonment [3].

Environmental impact on the oceans

In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis says: “There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy” (no. 26).

Like all types of transportation that use fossil fuels, vessels produce carbon dioxide emissions that significantly contribute to global climate change and acidification. Besides carbon dioxide ships also release a handful of other pollutants that contribute to the problem.

We support the efforts made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to prevent and significantly reduce marine plastic pollution from the shipping sector and in curbing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as it implements other regulations that will mandate cleaner-burning fuels at sea.

Finally, I invoke the Blessed Mother, Star of the Sea, to extend her maternal protection to the people of the sea and guide them from the dangers of the sea to a secure port.

Cardinal Peter A. Turkson

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In my opinion the politicisation of the Catholic Church on issues like Global Warming and automation is likely a key reason why access to crew is increasingly being denied.

Imagine you were a ship owner – would you really want someone to come on board and stir up discontent about modern work practices, and tell everyone their ship is helping to destroy the planet?

Cardinal Turkson previously appeared in WUWT, when in 2017 Turkson tried to pressure President Trump to abandon his climate pledges to the American People.

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Carbon Bigfoot
July 9, 2018 4:04 pm

We have a collage of Morons in the Catholic Hierarchy. AMEN

R. Shearer
Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
July 9, 2018 4:14 pm

I think they are genuinely concerned about the fate of their semen, sea men, seafairers.

Reply to  R. Shearer
July 9, 2018 5:30 pm

Why are priests so obsessed with semen ?

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  saveenergy
July 9, 2018 11:30 pm

I do not think there is anything sinister about that. Life without parters,home and diverse activities, is somewhat lonesome. I lived abroad in Germany for a while back in the 1970’s, where I found great joy in visiting the Danish Seaman’s Church once a week, meeting friends, listening to a mandatory short prayer, seeing film, having coffee and so on. However, global cooling was never discussed – strange.

Reply to  saveenergy
July 10, 2018 7:04 pm

semen makes life and life is what the church is all about.

Reply to  R. Shearer
July 10, 2018 4:34 am

. . . or even seafarers!

July 9, 2018 4:09 pm

Translation: Peter Turkson: “I demand things that don’t exist!”

Reply to  ScienceABC123
July 9, 2018 5:15 pm

It matches his belief system.

July 9, 2018 4:25 pm

Eric, even though you are right to point out these things, you might expect a visit from Papa Francisco and Cardinal Turkson, wherein they perform an exorcism on you. Clearly your outlook would be adjusted by having the devil beaten out of you. Just saying.

David Chappell
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 9, 2018 7:57 pm


Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 9, 2018 8:03 pm

Hey where’s Anthony?? they really are slack aren’t they!

Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 9, 2018 11:58 pm

Downright neglect, can’t they do anything right?

Alan Tomalty
July 9, 2018 4:44 pm

“There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy” (no. 26).

Like all types of transportation that use fossil fuels, vessels produce carbon dioxide emissions that significantly contribute to global climate change and acidification. ”

The above 2 sentences are absolute falsehoods. CO2 is not a pollutant and contributes so little to global warming as to be unmeasurable. It does NOT contribute to acidification. What does the Cardinal want? An electric ship. Maybe the Vatican could invest in electric ships?

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Alan Tomalty
July 9, 2018 8:27 pm

Triremes manned by slaves? A make-work project coming soon (slowly) to a port near you.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
July 10, 2018 7:05 pm

The left’s solution to unemployment after they’ve destroyed all the world’s economies.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
July 14, 2018 11:07 pm

Crispin : There is ALWAYS the Cutty Sark and the Victory . Good thing that
they preserved these historical vessels.Perhaps if we go back to the days of
sailing ships , with 6 month voyages and scurvy and the “cat-o-nine-tails”
then sailors will have more NEED of the Church in their lives…………………
but I doubt it !
It seems to be a rather weird advocacy for any organisation that is allegedly
interested in “welfare”.
TRADE would seem to be an inevitable casualty and without the wealth it
creates , our entire Civilisation would be put in jeopardy !
How come these NUT CASES are “coming out of the woodwork” so often these days ?
It must be the higher CO2 levels………..perhaps we need a “better” fumigant !!?

Reply to  Alan Tomalty
July 10, 2018 12:04 am

Alan Tomalty

“Maybe the Vatican could invest in electric ships?”

Coming to a port near you soon.

British government now demanding every new house to have a car charging point installed.

New lamp posts to have a point as well. Unfortunately, lamp posts are usually around 100 yards apart. In our street where parking is at a premium, that would mean 20 cars or so per lamp post.

Not going well so far.

Andy Ogilvie
Reply to  HotScot
July 10, 2018 4:27 am

And not explaining how they propose to generate sufficient electricity….must be unicorn farts again 😵

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Alan Tomalty
July 10, 2018 2:18 am

Regarding electric ships.
There is a ferry going between Helsingør in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden.This ferry is battery driven, according to the adverts.
However, a few months ago, I was on board one of these ferries. I stood on the deck, listening to the sound of the diesel engines.
As far as I could figure out, the ferries are diesel/electric with a battery bank for buffering and possible extra charge, when resting in the morning hours in the harbor.
Apart from the slightly false advertising, the idea is not so bad. The ferries run with smaller diesel engines at 80% load all the time, which gives a better fuel economy.
They should just stop picturing a gigantic size D battery on the ship and claim it is battery driven.

Reply to  Alan Tomalty
July 10, 2018 11:25 am

Simple solution: Any shipping company that wants to convert their fleet to sailing ships is welcome to do so.

Reply to  Alan Tomalty
July 10, 2018 3:26 pm

A nice fully autonomous robotic ship would be an answer to his prayers.
Of course the “former” seafarers would have to find something else to do for a living.
Happy now Cardinal?

July 9, 2018 4:53 pm

Bring back the sailing ships I guess.

Cleaner burning fuels? Diesel Fuel Marine is already the fuel with the highest BTU per liter. What do they think about a nuclear powered merchant marine? I already know the answer to that question and so do you.

Reply to  KT66
July 9, 2018 5:05 pm

They may have plans for the nonbelievers …

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Flavio
July 9, 2018 8:30 pm

And don’t forget water skiing.

Reply to  Flavio
July 10, 2018 6:47 pm

All those den1ers exhaling mass quantities of co2….

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  KT66
July 9, 2018 8:37 pm

“What do they think about a nuclear powered merchant marine? I already know the answer to that question and so do you.”

Yes we do. The ironic thing is that a nuclear powered merchant marine is readily achievable using technologies perfected by the US and Russian navies decades ago.

Reply to  Louis Hooffstetter
July 9, 2018 10:17 pm

..and would be banned from every port by the Globalluddites

Richard of NZ
Reply to  KT66
July 10, 2018 4:48 am

J hope you are not referring to the “Savannah”? Even though the ship is open for tourists it is not handicapped accessible and is therefore not a suitable alternative to modern alternative propulsion vessels.

July 9, 2018 4:54 pm

…..this is just wrong

Paul Nevins
July 9, 2018 4:56 pm

I am very disappointed by the apparent scientific irresponsibility and incompetence being demonstrated by the Pope and his advisors. There really is no excuse for the Pope to have swallowed the CAGW line. The current Pope has reversed hundreds of years of effort by the church to reduce poverty and oppression around the world.

Reply to  Paul Nevins
July 9, 2018 8:57 pm

this pope is totally captured, NWO all the way.

July 9, 2018 5:11 pm

The guy should stick to praying:)

Reply to  Roger
July 9, 2018 5:26 pm

No….We’ve had enough of catholic priests praying on children.

July 9, 2018 5:31 pm

The profound ignorance of people in leadership positions is more and more breathtaking.

July 9, 2018 5:31 pm

…no comment…..

July 9, 2018 5:35 pm

Whatever happened to sticking to topics of salvation, brotherly love, morality, etc.? I thought they were in the ‘souls’ biz, not the climate biz. Stick to your knitting, Cardinal.

Pat Frank
Reply to  H.R.
July 9, 2018 6:52 pm

Well, after all, AGW *is* a matter of faith, not science. So it seems Cardinal Turkson is right in his proper bailiwick.

And, in that light, Pope Francis is thereby quite within his purview to declare his pronouncements on AGW a matter of faith and morals, and therefore infallible.

Reply to  H.R.
July 10, 2018 5:25 am

” salvation, brotherly love, morality,”
You dont get much of that from the church (unless you pay for salvation & have ‘faith’ its ture),
I could give you a very long list of the LACK of brotherly love & morality from the church & most other religions….but this is not the place.

Reply to  saveenergy
July 10, 2018 7:15 pm

Much of the Bible is a description of how humans (often Christians and Jews) usually act with a LACK of brotherly love & morality.
It just points out what happens when people act like that.
It shows that things work better when people are not hubristic and behave kindly.
It then admonishes the Christians or Jews to not act horribly.

Philip Verslues
July 9, 2018 5:41 pm

It’s called functional illiteracy, people well intended and poorly informed. Some things should not be taken on faith.

M__ S__
July 9, 2018 5:41 pm

The more these priests make pronouncements on subjects they don’t really understand the more credibility they, and the Catholic church, lose.

Priests should stock to pronouncements on spiritual matters, or—at least—make sure they exercise a careful look at issues and not simply accept and regurgitate the propaganda of witch hunters.

Walter Sobchak
July 9, 2018 6:06 pm

Sailors lived so much better back when ships were powered by renewable energy (wind).

July 9, 2018 6:35 pm

I would much rather have an African Pope the a liberation theology White Pope.

This man just took himself out of the running for Pope among sane people.

July 9, 2018 6:43 pm

Seafairs are floating circuses.

The word used by Breitbart is “Seafarers“.

Reply to  ATheoK
July 10, 2018 2:15 am

“Seafairs are floating circuses”

Wot, like ice fairs in the little ice age !

J Mac
July 9, 2018 6:46 pm

The Vatican idolizes the golden calf of Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Shame. Shame. Shame.

John Robertson
July 9, 2018 7:16 pm

First the Pope now this guy.
Almost like the union of certified priests won a court case.
Over who shall preach the new religion.

July 9, 2018 7:18 pm

Sigh, another reason to hate CO2 and nary a CO2 supporter in sight except for the vegetation and it has been silenced. Oh the humanity.

July 9, 2018 7:21 pm

Storms aren’t just dangerous for those at sea. LADWP, the electricity supplier for LA, said we didn’t have a heat wave, but that we survived a “heat storm”. Mercy…

Reply to  Wharfplank
July 10, 2018 2:12 am

Have you got a link for that quote please.

Reply to  saveenergy
July 10, 2018 2:34 am


UPDATE: #LADWP crews made significant progress overnight and now have restored power to nearly 51,000 customers since the heat storm began Friday.

July 9, 2018 8:15 pm

Finally, a source of undisputed authority! Where Science and Religion merge to form a more perfect body aka Climate Science.. where belief is everything, and anything else is adjusted to reinforce belief.

Bryan A
July 9, 2018 9:46 pm

A couple of potential solutions:
Create closed port areas where the crews can go ashore, find food, recreation and lodging if desired while not leaving a segregated port area. (Unable to enter the U.S. at large)
WRT Abandonment:
If any crewmen are abandoned in port, give them a free coach airline ticket back home and help them onto the plane so they can get back to their families then bar the freight line company from re-entering the port without paying a fine equal to that abandoned seafarers wages and the cost of their return flight ticket

July 9, 2018 10:49 pm

Tell ya what Pete, sailors will go back to the days of sailing ships when you go back to using only technology from that era yourself. It would be hypocritical and unchristian for you to do any less, so why haven’t you?

Carl Friis-Hansen
July 9, 2018 11:08 pm

Just a thought.
Christian believes has fallen in intensity and plurality over the years. The Muslim faith, on the other hand, seems to be much more stable.
So, do we see less fascination with CAGW among Muslims, than among current or former Christians?

Patrick MJD
July 10, 2018 12:42 am

If anyone wants to see real pollution from shipping check out Chittagong in Pakistan. You won’t see anything on Google earth.

James in Perth
July 10, 2018 12:50 am

I am a faithful Catholic but I cannot understand or agree with the Pope or Cardinal Turkson on this issue. I wish they would focus their efforts on encouraging moral virtue rather than vain virtue signaling.

Ed Zuiderwijk
July 10, 2018 1:40 am

Mechanisation and automation bad? Next thing he’ll tell us that the washingmachine comes from the devil who brought it to us in order to encourage idleness and give women time to develop impure thoughts. Back to the washroom with them, and using the shrubbing board!

July 10, 2018 2:14 am

“Finally, I invoke the Blessed Mother, Star of the Sea, to extend her maternal protection to the people of the sea and guide them from the dangers of the sea to a secure port.”

There is something seriously awry with Turkson. He refers to the Phoenician goddess Astarte which decorated their boat prows with a Venus “sickle” on the head, often mistaken for the Christian Mary. Christian they definitely were not, brillaiant sea-people yes. Still they were so much trouble Ramses hat to smash them, a kind of sea Taliban. We owe our alphabet to them.

If anyone checks what Astarte stood for the raging scandalscould be explained. It is thus no surprise Laudato Si sounds like a Phoenician prayer!

Johannes S. Herbst
Reply to  bonbon
July 10, 2018 4:45 pm

Catholics always are inclined to include heathen elements into their religion. So no wonder they also embrace the new climate religion, invented by atheists.

July 10, 2018 3:41 am

Boats should skim off the plastic

Reply to  mortimerzilch
July 10, 2018 2:52 pm

Someone needs to pay for this, however.
Your suggestions are welcome.


July 10, 2018 3:43 am

Boats should skim off the plastic in the ocean so every crossing makes it cleaner. What a lost opportunity. It should be mandatory!

Mumbles McGuirck
July 10, 2018 5:33 am

Eternal Father strong to save
Who’s arm doth bind the restless wave
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its set appointed limits keep
On land and sea, where e’er you are
God will stop the SLR

DJ Meredith
July 10, 2018 11:15 am

Modern cargo ships should carry large sacks of communion wafers and limes to keep the sailors happy and healthy. The ships should run on renewable hydrogen generated from the sea water they sail in. Zero emissions and perfectly renewable energy. And every ship should have a virgin berth.

Johannes S. Herbst
July 10, 2018 4:33 pm

For me as a conservative Lutheran, Catholics have always problems to read and understand and believe into the Bible – for some hundred years. (Grin).

Otherwise they would know that the world and the weather is in God’s hand and it will end when He wishes. Day and night, Summer ans Winter, frost and heat will always be there.

Even Non-Believers will see a lot of regulatory mechanisms which regulate the climate within certain parameters.

But the Catholic Church listens to Atheists like Schellnhuber from PIK.

July 10, 2018 5:35 pm

Okay Cardinal, Jesus gave you one job, and only one job, to PREACH CHRIST. He did NOT say to meddle in the affairs of the world. Do your job!

Richard A. O'Keefe
July 10, 2018 9:55 pm

It’s not just Catholic priests having trouble meeting seafarers.

The skimping on maintenance because ports want ships out again
fast is a threat to life and property.

As for piracy, I am a pacifist by inclination, but I think international marine law should require all large ships to be armed and all captains should be authorised to direct deadly force as necessary to protect their crew.

The international marine community banned tributyltin; I suspect that if carbon dioxide really were a pollutant they would try to do something about it. However, it’s generally the poorer nations that have the worst environmental records, and making 90% of the world’s trade more expensive sounds like a good recipe for impoverishing the world and making global pollution *worse*. I fear that the Cardinal’s heart may be better than his head.

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