Milan, Italy, Dec 15, 2016 / 06:02 am America/Denver (CNA).
An Italian priest is under fire from locals for deciding against setting up the typical Nativity scene in his town’s cemetery this year, Italian news source Corriere della Sera reported on Friday.
The priest, Father Sante Braggie, was concerned that the display would offend Muslims, as well as atheists and people of other faiths.
Fr. Braggie serves as the chaplain of the Municipal Cemetery of Cremona and curate of the local parish in northern Italy. The Nativity was typically set up in the cemetery, and would have been visible from the part of the cemetery reserved for Muslim graves, he said.
“A crib positioned within sight of them could be seen as a lack of respect for followers of other faiths, hurt the sensibilities of Muslims, as well as Indians and even atheists,” Braggie said, according to a translation published in Express.
“In short, it would be a mess.”