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Reference style The Most Reverend
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Daniel Lytle Dolan (born May 28, 1951), a sedevacantist traditionalist Catholic bishop, was born in Detroit. He began his preparation for the priesthood in 1965 at the archdiocesan minor seminary in Detroit. He continued his studies in the Cistercian Order and at the seminary of the Society of Saint Pius X in Ecône, Switzerland, where he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on June 29, 1976.


Bishop Daniel L. Dolan

As a seminarian at Ecône in autumn 1973, he had come to the conclusion that "the only logical explanation" for the New Mass and the alleged heresy of the Second Vatican Council was that Pope Paul VI, due to (alleged) personal heresy, had lost the Roman pontificate. Ever since, he has held the position of sedevacantism regarding Pope Paul VI and his successors.

In early 1977 Father Dolan returned to the United States where in a few years he had founded over 35 traditionalist Mass centers from East coast to West.

In early 1983, Archbishop Lefebvre directed the SSPX's American priests to follow the liturgical books of 1962. Lefebvre also insisted priests publicly affirmed their allegiance to Pope John Paul II, which sedevacantists among them would refuse. Nine American priests, including Father Dolan, refused to conform, and were promply expelled from the SSPX. These priests formed the Society of Saint Pius V.

Father Dolan continued his work at his principal church in West Chester, Ohio. In 1989, after years of maintaining they were schismatic, Father Dolan initiated contacts with the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.

Subsequent discussions revealed agreement on major theological issues. On November 30, 1993 Bishop Mark Pivarunas, a Thuc Line Bishop of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, consecrated Father Dolan bishop.

Bishop Dolan continues to serve in his church in Cincinnati as well as sedevacantist communities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

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Consecrated by: Mark Pivarunas
Date of consecration: November 30, 1993

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