Massachusetts church sparks backlash – again – over controversial Nativity scene

At first glance, the Nativity scene outside a small parish in eastern Massachusetts appears similar to those in churches across the country.

However, a closer look at the depiction of the birth of Christ at Saint Susanna’s Parish in Dedham reveals a not-so-subtle commentary on the immigration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The scene at the manger has baby Jesus and the three wise men enclosed in cages and the words “Peace on Earth” posed as a question.

“Sixty-five million refugees worldwide seeking a better way of life and we were wondering what that might look like 2000 years ago if this family encountered the same dynamics that are taking place in our country right now,” Pastor Steve Josoma told Boston25.

This is the second year in a row the parish has displayed a controversial Nativity scene. Last year, the display also included the names of the towns where mass shootings occurred, along with the number of people who died in each.

Josoma said the scenes are meant to get people talking and he doesn't expect it to come down.