From a reader:
Praised be Jesus Christ! I was recently told (by someone who heard from someone else) that in order to bear the title “Virgin”, a Saint would not only have been kept from all physical sins of impurity during their life, but are also thought/known/revealed to have been entirely free of mortal sin throughout their life. Is this true? Would you point me to a record of the actual criteria used for discerning if one is to be called “Virgin” in the Church?
It is not true that such a woman would have to be “entirely free of mortal sin throughout their life”. There is only one woman ever who ever fit that description.
This isn’t as difficult as your friend is making it.
To be given the title “virgin” the woman had to be physically a virgin. Full stop.
An exception is made in the case of women who lost physically virginity against their will.
This is also the criterion for the modern Consecration of a Virgin, which some women who live in the the world receive from a bishop. Some women religious, such as Benedictines, also receive that Consecration.