A young Korean fellow of my acquaintance, recently graduated high school and still a little amazed he got a job at the Korean Megacorp where I work, was recently telling me that he’d switched from going to his customary Protestant (which Koreans inevitably refer to as ‘Christian’, as opposed to Catholic, which apparently isn’t) services to a Catholic church.
Keen as I am on religion — in a strictly historical, intellectual way, because come on already — I immediately started blathering on about the Protestant sola scriptura doctrine, and how much more palatable the New Pope™ has been than scary old Pope Palpatine, how the Catholic church is gaining popularity in Korea because unlike the Protestants they allow the performance of the old Confucian ceremonies for paying respect to ancestors that are so important to most Koreans, and, you know, a bunch of other stuff.
Eventually the motor started to wind down, and I actually asked him why he’d switched teams.
“Because after the church part, we stayed there and were allowed to drink beer. And I met a girl.”
Now that’s the way to win converts in Korea. Well played, Catholicism!