Pope Decries Pessimism About Marriage

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict is speaking out against what
he says is a spreading pessimism about marriage, declaring it's not
the impossible undertaking many make it out to be.

Benedict made the comments in an address to the Vatican tribunal that decides on marriage annulments.

Circumstances for granting annulments include refusal by a husband or a wife to have children or the psychological incapability of one of the spouses to take part in a valid marriage.

The pope says granting too many annulments on the grounds of
"psychological incapacity" risks giving people the pessimistic impression that marriage is almost impossible.

He says the church should instead stress every human's ability to enter into a marriage.

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