MARIAN SURVEY: MARY AND YOUTH
INTERNATIONAL MARIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: The questions in this survey focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus, and your own thoughts, beliefs, feelings and experiences of her. Your answers are very important for they will help the International Marian Research Institute to understand what young men and women around the world think about Mary. Please take the time to read the questions carefully and to answer them honestly and in the order that they appear. This is not a test, and your responses are anonymous, so if you do not know the answer to a question, simply check the response that says "I do not know" and proceed to the next question.


Thank you very much.

Please provide the following background information:

1. What is the religion in which you have been raised?


2. In general, how would you characterize your association with the religion in which you have been raised?


3. In general, how would you characterize your father's association with the religion in which you have been brought up.


4. In general, how would you characterize your mother's association with the religion in which you have been brought up?


5. What is your age?


6. What is your sex?


7. In what city and country do you live?


8. What is the name of your school?


I. LEARNING ABOUT MARY

9. Have you ever heard about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ?


10. If you answered yes to Question 9, from whom did you first hear about Mary? (Please check the one response that is most appropriate.)


11. In the last three years at your school have you ever been taught about Mary?

12. If you answered yes to Question 11, how were you taught about Mary in your school in the last three years? (Please place a check by all responses that apply.)



II. MARIAN DEVOTIONS

13. At your church, do you participate in special Marian devotions? (For example, Mass on Marian feast days, Marian prayers, rosary, special local Marian customs)


14. If you are aware of any Marian devotions practiced by your school, please indicate which ones are practiced:


15. If your school does practice such Marian devotions as those listed in Question 14, do you participate?


16. If your family practices any Marian devotions, which ones are practiced?


17. The following statements concern how you perceive Marian apparitions, such as Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima. Beside each statement, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know how you feel (DK):

SA A D SD DK
a. I am interested in Marian apparitions.
b. Apparitions are a sign of exaggerated importance given to Mary by the Catholic Church.
c. Apparitions are a sign of God's grace operating in the world.
d. So-called Marian apparitions can be explained by psychology.
e. We do have to believe in Marian apparitions.
f. Through apparitions, we see that God reveals himself to whomever he wants through Mary.
g. Marian apparitions contribute greatly to the conversion of many to God.

18. Do Marian prayers have a place in your life?


19. If you say any Marian prayers, please number in order of preference those that you say.


20. The following statements concern how you perceive Marian prayer. Beside each statement, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know how you feel (DK):

SA
A D SD DK
a. I do think Marian prayer is important.
b. Marian prayer is important because Mary is a model of prayer and faith.
c. Marian prayer is important because Mary is a powerful intercessor.
d. Marian prayer distracts me from praying directly to God.
e. One can pray only to God, not to Mary.


21. If you were ever taught to pray the rosary, do you ever pray it?
(Please place a check by the appropriate response.)


22. Are you a member of any Marian prayer or social organizations? (For example, Legion of Mary, Sodality)



III. MARY AND SCRIPTURE

23. Other than reading in church or required reading for school, do you ever read the Bible?


24. The following statements concern Mary and Scripture. Beside each statement, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know how you feel (DK):

SA A D SD DK
a. Scripture tells us that Mary was always a virgin.
b. Scripture tells us that Mary was sinless.
c. Scripture tells us that Mary was the handmaid of the Lord.
d. Scripture tells us that Mary was the wife of Joseph.
e. Scripture tells us that Mary conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
f. Scripture tells us that Mary is the mother of God.
g. Scripture tells us that Mary became the mother of John the apostle at the foot of the cross.
h. Scripture tells us that Mary was concerned for human problems
i. Scripture tells us that Mary was Jewish.


IV. MAY, CHURCH TEACHING, AND YOU


25. The Roman Catholic dogma (official and binding teaching) of the Immaculate Conception says essentially (Please place a check by the appropriate response.)


26. The Roman Catholic dogma of the Assumption says (Please place a check by the appropriate response):


27. Besides the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception, can you think of other Roman Catholic Marian dogmas?


28. Does the Roman Catholic Church teach that Mary is divine like God, or does the Church teach that Mary is human like us? (Please place a check by the appropriate response.)


29. What is your own perception of Mary being divine like God or human like us? (Please place a check by the appropriate response.)


30. What is your own perception about how Mary became the mother of God's son, Jesus? (Please place a check by the appropriate response.)


31. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary was a virgin before, during and after she gave birth to Jesus. The following statements concern some viewpoints about the virgin birth. Beside each statement, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know how you feel (DK):

SA A D SD DK
a. The doctrine of the virgin birth is important because it safeguards the divinity of Jesus Christ.
b. The doctrine of the virgin birth is important because it stresses the special grace that Mary received from God for bearing his son.
c. I don't understand the doctrine of the virgin birth, but I believe it because the Church teaches it.
d. The virgin birth has only symbolic value, it is a way of expressing Mary's total dedication to God.
e. It is important for Roman Catholics to believe in the virgin birth as biological (physical) reality.

32. Do you believe that Mary is the mother of God, meaning the mother of Jesus Christ, true God and true man?


33. The following statements concern different views or opinions about Mary. Beside each statement, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know (DK) whether the statement is an accurate presentation of Roman Catholic teaching about Mary:

SA A D SD DK
a. Mary is the mediator between God the Father and humanity.
b. Mary protects humanity from the wrath of Jesus, the son of God.
c. Mary is the co-redeemer of humanity with Jesus Christ.
d. Mary leads the faithful to Jesus Christ.
e. Mary is the woman who will defeat Satan.
f. Mary is the Catholic goddess to be worshipped by the faithful.
g. Mary prayed and prays that the world will reject communism.
h. Mary is the symbol of traditional, conservative Catholicism.

34. The following list of statements are descriptions that people have used to describe Mary. Beside each statement, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know how you feel (DK)

.
SA A D SD DK
a. I see Mary as a caring mother of the Church and of humanity.
b. I see Mary as the mother of God.
c. I see Mary as one who sympathizes with the poor.
d. I see Mary as our sister in faith.
e. I see Mary as the handmaid of God
f. I see Mary as the feminine dimension of God.
g. I see Mary as the highest expression of human beauty.
h. I see Mary as the Queen of Heaven.
i. I see Mary as a powerful intercessor who presents our prayers to God.
j. I see Mary as the co-redeemer of humanity with Jesus Christ.
k. I see Mary as the ideal woman.
l. I see Mary as a chaste virgin.

35. Do you view Mary in other ways?


36. Does Mary have a place in your life?


37. If you answered Yes to Question 36, how does Mary have a place in your life? (For example, is Mary a model of faith and discipleship; is Mary one who helps you to pray?) (Please write your response.)

38. Is Mary important to the Roman Catholic Church?


39. In your opinion, how important is knowledge about and devotion to Mary to faith in Jesus Christ?


40. In your opinion, is Roman Catholic teaching about Mary an obstacle to Christian unity?


41. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on the following issues. Beside each item, please indicate whether you strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D), strongly disagree (SD), or don't know how you feel (DK):

SA A D SD DK
a. The Pope has the authority to speak with infallibility.
b. It is a serious sin to miss Mass on Sunday, except for serious reasons (such as ill health, etc.)
c. Living together before marriage is wrong.
d. Abortions should be illegal.
e. Christians are obliged to get involved in social-political issues (e.g., social justice).

42. How close would you describe your relationship towards:

very close somewhat close not close at all don't know
a. God
b. Jesus
c. Mary
d. saint
e. home parish
f. church groups

43. Here are some words that people sometimes use to describe the ideal woman. How likely is each one of them to come to your mind as you would describe the characteristics of the ideal woman? Circle one number for each word:

extremely likely somewhat likely not too likely not likely at all
BOLD
TIMID
PROUD
HUMBLE
SINCERE
DECEITFUL
JUDGMENTAL
OPEN-MINDED
CHALLENGING
COMFORTING
WARM
DISTANT
RELIABLE
INCONSISTENT
FRIENDLY
AGGRESSIVE
ACCOMMODATING
STUBBORN
GENTLE
STERN
STRONG
WEAK
PATIENT
DEMANDING

44. How likely are you to use any of these words in describing your mother? Circle one number for each word:

extremely likely somewhat likely not too likely not likely at all
BOLD
TIMID
PROUD
HUMBLE
SINCERE
DECEITFUL
JUDGMENTAL
OPEN-MINDED
CHALLENGING
COMFORTING
WARM
DISTANT
RELIABLE
INCONSISTENT
FRIENDLY
AGGRESSIVE
ACCOMMODATING
STUBBORN
GENTLE
STERN
STRONG
WEAK
PATIENT
DEMANDING

45. How likely are any of these words to come to your mind as describing the way the Church presents Mary in its teaching? Circle one number for each word:

extremely likely somewhat likely not too likely not likely at all
BOLD
TIMID
PROUD
HUMBLE
SINCERE
DECEITFUL
JUDGMENTAL
OPEN-MINDED
CHALLENGING
COMFORTING
WARM
DISTANT
RELIABLE
INCONSISTENT
FRIENDLY
AGGRESSIVE
ACCOMMODATING
STUBBORN
GENTLE
STERN
STRONG
WEAK
PATIENT
DEMANDING

46. How likely is each of these words to come to your mind when you think of Mary? Circle one number for each word:

extremely likely somewhat likely not too likely not likely at all
BOLD
TIMID
PROUD
HUMBLE
SINCERE
DECEITFUL
JUDGMENTAL
OPEN-MINDED
CHALLENGING
COMFORTING
WARM
DISTANT
RELIABLE
INCONSISTENT
FRIENDLY
AGGRESSIVE
ACCOMMODATING
STUBBORN
GENTLE
STERN
STRONG
WEAK
PATIENT
DEMANDING


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