Pope Benedict XVI told priests in his annual speech on Saturday that they need to do a better job counseling couples who plan to marry.
Benedict added that no one has an absolute right to marriage and to ensure that marriages last longer, Catholic churches need to provide pre-marriage counseling to help avoid a "vicious circle" of invalid marriages.
According to records, the United States had more annulments in 2006 than than anywhere else worldwide.
"The church and society at large place too much importance on the good of marriage and the family founded on it to not make a profound commitment to it pastorally," Benedict said.
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