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College plans lectures on politics, Severn bridge


A lecture on politics and morality and a discussion of a fight to save a local landmark will be presented at St. John's College this week.

Father Francis Xavier Murphy will speak on Wednesday to the Political Forum, a student-run organization, on the topic, "Visitatis Veritatis: A Political Angle on Objective Morality."

Mr. Murphy is best known for surviving a four-year inquiry by the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960s that he was the mysterious Xavier Rynne, who authored a series of articles for the New Yorker that presented an inside look at the Vatican.

Mr. Murphy, a Redemptorist priest, has written for the Washington Post, the Catholic News Service and America magazine. He is in semi-retirement at St. Mary's Church in Annapolis, where he is working on a history of the Redemptorist congregation.

His lecture will be held in the Conversation Room off the Francis Scott Key auditorium lobby.

The second event will feature a talk by Eastport engineer David Wallace, who played a leading role in an unsuccessful citizens' fight to save the Old Severn River Bridge.

Mr. Wallace's talk tomorrow night was postponed from last week because of bad weather.

The free lecture, which begins at 8 p.m., will be in the Francis Scott Key auditorium.

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