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Maria Shriver

Second Thoughts

About Divorcing Arnold

12/26/2011 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Maria Shriver
is telling friends she's now unsure if she wants to divorce Arnold Schwarzenegger ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Maria is torn, partly because of her strong religious beliefs that do not include divorce. 

Making matters even more complicated -- we're told Arnold still desperately wants Maria back, and has been "extremely sweet" to her and has made numerous gestures -- which include presents -- to win Maria back.
 
Maria filed for divorce on July 1, though she moved out months earlier.  She's already bought a mansion in Brentwood, CA, which she's in the process of renovating.

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76.

Jack Steen    

Who photo-shopped the silly picture that's running inexplicably with this stupid "article" ??

Maria's "religion" has ZERO to do with adultery - or keeping her from having her sham marriage to the dumb Kraut declared invalid.

Who wrote this article ? FIRE THEM.

969 days ago
77.

Lynn    

This is not about religion...this is about being a strong women who shows your daughters that a man should not treat you with disrespect. What kind of women her daughter will be? How come her children still talk to this man? He lied to their mother and also had them befriend this monster women and her son..

969 days ago
78.

Sugah    

I guess religious beliefs trump self esteem, self respect, pride....

969 days ago
79.

Sandra     

Arnold showed no respect or love for her and Maria would be a fool to take him back!!!

969 days ago
80.

Jodi    

Geez...she's going to take him back I can feel it.

969 days ago
81.

Me    

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

She'd be wise to remember that. A leopard like Arnold never changes its spots.

969 days ago
82.

JLB    

A person can forgive a troublemaker, enemy, etc to have closure and move on with their life without putting themselves in an undesirable situation. Sorry Maria...I am just not aware of any Bible verse that says be a doormat.

969 days ago
83.

Nichole K    

How does your self esteem become so low that you would tolerate that? Then when you finally get a backbone to release yourself from that crap your coward enough to turn back around? Of COURSE he's going to be sweet and buy you presents! But then what he gets you back and gets bored, there goes the vicious cycle.

969 days ago
84.

mrspatrickcampbell    

Carefully-closeted homosexual Arnold is looking younger...recent new facelift? hair transplant? It ain't fish that floats Arnold's boat, it's PINGA!

969 days ago
85.

jwoolman    

Yes, Catholics can divorce. It's remarriage that can be a problem for many. But nobody has a gun to Catholics' heads on such things- contrary to Protestant prejudices, Catholics have always followed their own conscience. Individual parish priests likewise when it comes to dealing with people on sacramental issues. I suppose you haven't noticed how many Catholic families are much smaller than they used to be? They're not all using the rhythm method.
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People choose their religious label according to their beliefs, and the framework is always a lot looser than outsiders might think. Maria is Catholic because she believes certain things, including about the seriousness of marriage vows. She does not believe those things "because she is Catholic". She is Catholic because she believes such things. Plenty of people born of Catholic parents chuck the label if their beliefs diverge enough from the Catholic framework. I'm sure the same is true of other religions, but a lot of nonsense seems to be directed against Catholics in this country for historical reasons (anti-immigrant bigotry especially). About half the Christians in the world are Catholic, and a lot of people with no sense of history mistake the political power that always comes along with any majority religion in any country with something inherently evil and malicious about that majority religion. American Protestants brought with them all the prejudices they acquired in their original countries also. I well remember seeing sermon titles outside Protestant churches when JFK was running for President, issuing dire warnings about the danger of having a Papist in the Presidency. What idiots. Such foolishness might be less in the political arena now, but personal prejudices and ignorance die hard.

969 days ago
86.

SYLVI212    

NO MARIA NO!!!! Walk away! Just....walk away!

969 days ago
87.

jwoolman    

One more thought: people seem to think that it's Maria who is afraid of being alone in her old age. She's the one who initiated the divorce and walked away. Arnold is the one who keeps coming back. Maybe he's really the one afraid of a lonely old age. Maybe a string of girlfriends isn't as attractive a future to him now. So I don't see any doormat tendencies in Maria. If she were really a doormat, she would have been willing to weather the tabloid storms. Basically she's made it clear that things can't stay the same, which is the mark of a strong woman. If he wants to have a second chance, it will take a lot more than a few presents. He will have to convince her that he has changed and is committed to a faithful relationship. She's holding all the cards.

969 days ago
88.

jeff    

THREESOME!

969 days ago
89.

TexasBlonde    

This is no one's business but Maria and Arnold's.

Arnold will have to realize and understand Maria will have major trust issues with him if they get back together. She may never be able to trust him like she did and he should not expect her to trust him like she did before the story came out.

969 days ago
90.

Athina    

Well, crazy as it seems, I would give him another chance. I don't think he's ever going to cheat again. I really don't. She will have to acknowledge the past, but let it go and just look forward. I'm sure the kids would be thrilled. It must be awful for them having a fractured family like this. Just do it Maria....one more chance.

969 days ago
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