Durandal wrote:Protestant churches typically have no problems giving Catholics communion or letting Catholics marry members of their church. Formal rules such as these designed to make problems for non-Catholic Christians are pretty unique to the Catholic Church.
True, but you're misinterpreting the reason for it. I'm fairly certain that most Protestant sects actually would be perfectly happy to exclude people, except that most Protestant sects are incredibly conversion-hungry. The main theological objective of any Christian religion is saving people from damnation. Now, because Protestantism in general is predicated on sola fide
, or salvation through faith alone, their plan is to get out there and get as many people to subscribe to their mailing list, because all you have to do is believe. Because of this, protestantism is also called evangelical Christianity, with "evangelism" more or less having a root meaning of "bringing good news."
Catholicism is based on salvation through good works and faith, pretty much in that order. Hence, as an organization they mainly provide religious services like confession and absolution to people who are already members, and their method of expanding congregations is maintaining members and ensuring that those members have lots of kids who are all Catholics, and some missionary work. It's notable that it is actually a somewhat involved process to officially become a Catholic in Western Nations; I believe you have to take classes from and be certified by a priest.
Catholicism is a bureaucracy in which you exchange tithes and submission to their rules for the imaginary good of regular absolution by a priest. Protestantism is epitomized by the Gideon bible, the earliest form of spam advertising--throw that shit out there and hope somebody bites! Frankly I don't think there's anything to recommend one over the other.
These are all generalizations, though. There are Protestant denominations that refuse services to people. For example, the conservative Missouri Synod Lutherans won't even allow other Lutherans to receive Communion because they believe outsiders don't subscribe to the catechism strictly enough.
In the case of Jindal, I think the probable reason an otherwise intelligent person would buy into Catholicism is the superiority of Catholic apologia. If you're looking for a Christian sect with literature to justify itself to you philosophically, your choice is pretty much just Catholicism.