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Title: Baby Jesus In Cage As Part Of Dedham Church’s Immigration-Themed Nativity Scene
Source: CBS Boston
URL Source: https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/12 ... int-susana-parish-immigration/
Published: Dec 6, 2018
Author: Beth Germano
Post Date: 2018-12-06 08:12:21 by IbJensen
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Views: 33

DEDHAM (CBS) – It’s an unconventional take on the nativity scene at St. Susanna’s Parish Dedham. The baby Jesus is in a cage, the wise men are closed off by a wall.

For the parish, the crèche is meant to be thought provoking. “We try to take a picture of the world as it is and put it together with a Christmas message,” said Pastor Fr. Stephen Josoma.

That message this year questions “peace on earth”, since Jesus represents migrant children being held at the southern border separated from their parents.

The wise men are the caravan of migrants behind the border wall. They believe it’s very much the message of Jesus. “Jesus was about taking care of one another. This is not the way to take care of one another,” said Fr. 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. DEDHAM (CBS) – It’s an unconventional take on the nativity scene at St. Susanna’s Parish Dedham. The baby Jesus is in a cage, the wise men are closed off by a wall.

For the parish, the crèche is meant to be thought provoking. “We try to take a picture of the world as it is and put it together with a Christmas message,” said Pastor Fr. Stephen Josoma.

Saint Susanna’s Parish in Dedham has an immigration-themed nativity scene. (WBZ-TV)

That message this year questions “peace on earth”, since Jesus represents migrant children being held at the southern border separated from their parents.

The wise men are the caravan of migrants behind the border wall. They believe it’s very much the message of Jesus. “Jesus was about taking care of one another. This is not the way to take care of one another,” said Fr. 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.”

The nativity scene in Dedham has a baby Jesus in a cage, calling attention to immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. (WBZ-TV)

But mixing politics with religion isn’t sitting well with some who believe the nativity scene has crossed a line. “This is where you come to pray not to be preached at what you should think about politics,” said Helen Watson who drove to church to see the display.

Fr. Josoma insists the scene is not a dig at Trump administration policies. Instead of political activism he calls it gospel activism. “We talk about Matthew 25 feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger.”

A 2017 nativity scene at a Dedham church called attention to deadly mass shootings. (WBZ-TV)

Parishioner Phil Mandeville says Jesus was no stranger to politics. Fr. Josoma insists the scene is not a dig at Trump administration policies. Instead of political activism he calls it gospel activism. and that’s exactly why he died,” Mandeville said.

The nativity scene is meant to be a symbol of hope, and at St. Susanna’s the hope is that a conversation has begun.

The nativity scene in Dedham has a baby Jesus in a cage, calling attention to immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. (WBZ-TV)

But mixing politics with religion isn’t sitting well with some who believe the nativity scene has crossed a line. “This is where you come to pray not to be preached at what you should think about politics,” said Helen Watson who drove to church to see the display.

Fr. Josoma insists the scene is not a dig at Trump administration policies. Instead of political activism he calls it gospel activism. “We talk about Matthew 25 feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger.”

Parishioner Phil Mandeville says Jesus was no stranger to politics. “Christ was political, he was hung on a cross for making political statements and bucking authority and that’s exactly why he died,” Mandeville said.

The nativity scene is meant to be a symbol of hope, and at St. Susanna’s the hope is that a conversation has begun.


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... he was hung on a cross for making political statements and bucking authority

Fr. Josoma insists the scene is not a dig at Trump administration policies. Instead of political activism he calls it gospel activism.

Fr. Josoma insists the scene is not a dig at Trump administration policies. Instead of political activism he calls it gospel activism.

The parishioner and the vicar are merely expressing the meanderings of their twisted minds. What has been done was no doubt pleasing to Bergoglio who directs the new religion now espoused. It's not about God any longer, rather it's about secular humanism. Use the symbols of the Baby Jesus to make a twisted point about invading America.

The stupid liberals don't realize that Jesus wasn't an immigrant. Rome said to all, return to the city of your birth to be counted and taxed. What don't these soulless morons get about that?? Oh wait, they don't read, just swallow the vatican's hook. (1 image)

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