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BB Maria Shriver 2009 STATE OF THE STATE 0277.JPGBy now word has gotten around -- thanks to celebrity website TMZ and its anonymous "friends" of Maria Shriver -- that she is reconsidering her decision to divorce former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Apparently, TMZ reported, Shriver is having second (maybe even third or fourth) thoughts, partly because -- gasp -- her Catholic beliefs "do not include divorce."

Not to be outdone by its rivals, Us Weekly went the extra mile, quoting its own anonymous sources saying the estranged couple were actually seen in church with the kids on Christmas Eve and "were serious but seemed like one family unit. ... They hugged the pastor at the end of the service and seemed warm and happy."

Well, now we're getting somewhere! Or are we?

Of course, nobody's commenting publicly on anything, but sources in a position to know say the whole story smells like a bunch of hooey -- and it's full steam ahead to divorce court for Shriver, who filed this year after revelations that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with the couple's housekeeper.

Meanwhile, we're still checking the vast Bee archives to see if there's any record of Catholics getting divorced or of estranged couples spending time together with their children over the holidays.

PHOTO CREDIT: California first lady Maria Shriver listens to her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, give his State of the State address on Jan.15, 2009. Sacramento Bee file photo, 2009 / Brian Baer



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