I was reading a commentary on Pope Francis’ 10 year insistence that we not proselytize.
That practice is very pre-Vatican II.
My father, even in pre-Vatican II times, and he was a traditional Catholic, believed the Catholic Church to be the true Church, did not encourage us to try to convince others who are not Catholic, to become Catholic, especially if they practiced their own religion in good faith.
He refused to send out religious Christmas cards, preferring to sent out secular ones. This is prior to Vatican II.
Growing up in the south, proselytizing is a fundamentalist Protestant invention, usually associated with anti-Catholic groups (especially prior to Vatican II) who felt convinced that they had to convert Catholics to save our souls.
In the south, long before Vatican II, and because we are a minority, we have always had mixed marriages. We required, prior to Vatican II, that the Catholic be married in the Church, although prior to the 1950’s it had to be in the rectory with no pomp and circumstance. Then, sometime in the 50’s, a Church wedding was allowed but no Nuptial Mass, and the mixed couple could not be married in the sanctuary, but outside the altar railing.
The Protestant had to promise to raise their children Catholic. I know many elderly Protestants who married Catholics in that period, who were the primary parent, who raised their children Catholic, either because the Catholic spouse was disengaged, out of the picture or dead.
I was taught, prior to Vatican II, that we should never try to talk a Protestant spouse, married to a Catholic, to convert to Catholicism. Never. We were taught that the Protestant on his own accord, not from any pressure exerted on him or her, should join the Church. We would respect their religion otherwise.
That’s pre-Vatican II. We were taught the best way to attract people to Catholicism wasn’t by what we said, but how we lived our lives. Evangelization is a life of witness, not a life of words and apologetics.