Before Vatican II did the Catholic Church deny that Protestants were Christians?


I have a Protestant friend who was told that the Church didn’t recognize Protestants as fellow Christians until after the second Vatican Council. Knowing that the Church is a consistent teacher, I would think he is wrong and that baptism before the council would be as valid as baptism after the council.

Could you provide more information on this and possibly point me to the Vatican II document that talks about this?

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Dear I,

The Original Catholic Encyclopedia, first published in 1909 in Dublin, considers Protestants to be Christians as is clear in its entry on what comprises Christianity:
*]Christianity[/LIST]Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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