Lithuanian and Belorussian Constitutional Catholic Party

The Lithuanian and Belorussian Constitutional Catholic Party was a political party in the Russian empire, founded by the Vilna bishop Eduard von der Ropp on February 7, 1906.[1][2] It sought unification of the lands of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania.[3] It worked for the establishment of a Polish government administration and the setting up of Polish armed forces.[4] The party demanded exemption for Catholics from compulsory tithing to the Russian Orthodox Church, autonomy for the Catholic Church to run its own training of its clergy without government interference and the right for Catholic bishops to have direct links with the Holy See.[2] Von der Ropp was elected to the State Duma of the Russian Empire.[5]


  1. ^ Vladas Sirutavičius; Darius Staliūnas (2011). A Pragmatic Alliance: Jewish-Lithuanian Political Cooperation at the Beginning of the 20th Century. Central European University Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-615-5053-17-7.
  2. ^ a b James J. Zatko (1965). Descent into darkness: the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church in Russia, 1917-1923. University of Notre Dame Press. p. 27.
  3. ^ Lithuanian Historical Studies, Vol. 1. The Institute. 1996. p. 99.
  4. ^ Pertti Luntinen (1985). F.A. Seyn: a political biography of a tsarist imperialist as administrator of Finland. SHS. p. 87. ISBN 978-951-9254-72-2.
  5. ^ Paul D. Steeves (1988). The Modern Encyclopedia of Religions in Russia and the Soviet Union, Vol. 5. Academic International Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-87569-106-0.