Nativity scene at MA church carries immigration theme

DEDHAM, Mass. (CBS) -- A church in Massachusetts has stirred controversy after placing an immigration themed nativity scene in front of its entrance.

"We try to take a picture of the world as it is and to put it together with a Christmas message," said Pastor Fr. Stephen Josoma to CBS.

The scene places a baby Jesus lying in a manger inside a cage, harkening to the children separated from their parents along the border between the United States and Mexico earlier this year.

The wise men, known historically as travelers who came to visit the birth of Christ, were placed behind a border wall.

"Jesus was about taking care of one another. This is not the way to take care of one another," said Josoma.

"We're not trying to scandalize anyone," said parishioner Pat Ferrone, a member of the Pax Christi committee which came up with the idea for the display. "We're trying to reflect back a reality that has to be looked at."