In light of the recent storm of allegations being made against those who are claiming to be the "sole source" and "official" websites of the Our Lady of America devotion, OLTIV has spent countless hours doing fact-checking of claims being presented by both parties. We have even investigated bogus claims made by "Anonymous" comments on this blog.
After speaking with the Toledo Chancery and independent attorneys, our findings concur with the following letter sent by the gentlemen from the Indianapolis group who have been working diligently, at the behest of American Bishops, to clear up all the misconceptions and baseless assumptions being promoted by those in the Fostoria group.
It was our sincere hope and desire that somebody, ANYBODY, with the honesty and integrity to help shed light on the facts would avail themselves from the Fostoria supporters. So far, we have only received anonymous comments and threats from people claiming to be supporters of the Fostoria group. It is impossible to even consider that Sr. Millie would have ever condoned behavior, like that we have recently witnessed, coming out of "advocates" for Our Lady of America.
Please understand that this investigation and report is not designed to destroy anybody's personal faith in Our Lady of America. It is intended to shed light on an otherwise gray area that must be made clear (at the direction of Bishop Leonard Blair) before this devotion can be carried forward by the American Bishops as Our Lady asked. She said "Bring Me My children. Bring Me ALL of My children!" It is time for all of us to take responsibility for Her request. It is time for a public apostolate. The following response was submitted by Kevin McCarthy and Al Langsenkamp in regards to certain claims made by the Fostoria supporters. Copies of the actual letters will be made available soon on this website.
Patricia Ann Fuller, without ever disclosing that she had been dismissed from the religious life, attended a meeting in The Vatican arranged by a private canon lawyer who has never worked directly as an attorney, employee or officer of The Roman Curia. He is properly identified as an "Advocate before the Roman Rota," a professional distinction which has nothing to do with the status of supposed religious in the Catholic Church. This is how such a private canon law advisor may describe himself. This is no different than an American secular lawyer who identifies himself as "admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio."
When the Rotal Advocate or the Ohio Lawyer sends out a document so identifying themselves this does not mean that the Rotal Advocate speaks as an official representative of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota or any other Vatican office any more than it means that the Ohio Lawyer speaks as a judge or other official of the Ohio Supreme Court. Patrica Fuller received a letter from such a legal advisor which mentioned his admission before the Roman Rota in the letterhead. That's it!
It is an obvious abuse and distortion to make any more out of the private letter of a private canon lawyer.
Likewise, Fuller, the "Anonymous" Accuser, and her other cohorts, so abuse and distort the significance of the Last Will and Testament of Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil executed 31 January A.D. 1994. As with all such wills, she passed only what she owned at death, in this case specific "items" of property; Fuller was her executor whose duties ended once the estate was closed in the Probate Court of Seneca
Fuller was never appointed a "guardian," and to use that specific legal term about Fuller's duties under the extremely short and simple will of Sister Mildred Mary
Neuzil is just a ball-faced lie. The $1,000,000.00 in bank stock which Patrica Fuller has owned never went through probate, and there is no evidence that the will of Sister Millie was ever properly approved under the "pious wills" provisions of the Catholic Church Code of Canon Law.
The abuse of each of these documents, the letterhead of the Rotal Advocate, and the Will of Sister Millie, each constitutes fraudulent distortion and exaggeration. Her
own private canon lawyer writes her a letter and she treats it as an official document of a Vatican Court which has no jurisdiction over questions of the religious life.
Sister Millie writes a less than two-page will which is never properly approved by the Catholic Church, and never even pretends to give Fuller any permanent say over anything, and she says it makes her "guardian" over the Our Lady of America devotion, superior even to her own Bishop.
No woman may call herself "Sister" after having been dismissed from formal religious life like Patricia Fuller.
Finally, sometimes lay people call themselves, "Sister," even though they have not taken formal vows, as with an association which is preliminary to forming a true religious order.
Fuller never got her association approved by the Bishop of Toledo, or any other proper authority.
Even when she went to The Vatican on August 31, 2006, and her Rotal Advocate introduced her as "Sister," she was kindly and repeatedly told that she must have the
approval of her local bishop. She never even attempted to contact him until after she joined with her cohorts in a criminal calumny program in late 2007.
This is a woman dismissed from a Poor Clares Convent years before she entered into the Precious Blood Cloister at New Riegel, Ohio.
This is a relatively uneducated woman who talked about founding a worldwide system
of religious women's convents with hundreds of millions of dollars from a mysterious Filipino woman.
Her cohorts are enablers, at best, and co-conspirators, at worse, and each of them has much for which to answer.