[quote="KSmeriglio, post:4, topic:344794"]
Thanks for the reply, I definitely plan on sticking around. As for your question, my goal is to know about the different personal attitudes Catholic females have about premarital sex, if there are any. So, even though the Catholic doctrine clearly states that it is morally wrong, I want to know if there are women out there with more liberal views and am comparing those views to their ages. Like you said, "Answering opposite would indicate a serious schism between the individual and the faith they claim to have." The goal is to see what these different females of different ages claim to be morally right in their eyes, even though they identify themselves as being of the Catholic faith.
Hope this answers your question, and thanks for the help!
Well, wait a minute. "more liberal views? "claim to be morally right?' 'comparing ages?
Let's take scenario a:
You're doing a poll in November 2013.
You poll 1000 Catholic women.
To make it easy, 200 are ages 18-30 A, 200 are 31-40 B, 200 41-50 C, 200 51-60 D, and 200 61 and over E.
Group A has 60% of women who have engaged in premarital sex. At this current time, 20% of that 60% feel it is right because they 'love' the person. 40% of that 60% don't feel it is necessarily right, but feel that either it will all be 'justified' when they marry, or that God will understand if they are 'truly sorry'. And 20% of that 60% know it is wrong, and deeply regret it.
That's in November 2013.
Fast forward to November 2018. First, you've changed the group's makeup because nearly half of them (the 25-30 year olds) will have aged into group B. And then you'll have a new influx of 18-23 year olds to replace them. So the numbers as above will probably stay about the same or maybe even increase on the 'feel it is right' (as society has itself changed and now considers this normal and good). But the actual INDIVIDUALS you originally polled may have changed drastically.
Perhaps 50% or even 100% of those who had originally in that group identified themselves as 'justified' in premarital sex now deeply regret it. But you won't know, because that's not what you're tracking.
And above all, what is the point of seeing how many Catholic women, of whatever age, are either actively denying their faith on a given subject, or trying to 'justify it? Even if every Catholic woman in the world was going around rejecting their faith on this topic, that wouldn't change the truth --that fornication is gravely sinful --and it wouldn't make them 'less Catholic' or 'unCatholic'. It would make them Catholics who were being disobedient to a particular teaching. And since we already know that ALL people (Catholics included) ALL wind up sinning at some point or another in their lives --what is the point of 'polling' Catholic women on this particular sin???????
P.S. I'm a woman.