No. As Cardinal
Ratzinger, council father & the future Pope Benedict XVI, said... (emphasis
"There are many
accounts of it which give the impression that, from Vatican II onward,
everything has been changed, and that what preceded it has no value or, at best,
has value only in the light of Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council has not
been treated as a part of the entire living Tradition of the Church, but as an
end of Tradition, a new start from zero. The truth is that this particular
Council defined no dogma at all, and deliberately chose to remain on a
modest level, as a pastoral council; and yet many treat it as though it had made
itself into a sort of super-dogma which takes away the importance of all the
As Pope Paul VI, the
Pope who closed Vatican II, stated... (emphasis added)
those who ask what authority, what theological qualification the Council
intended to give to its teachings, knowing that it avoided issuing solemn
dogmatic definitions engaging the infallibility of the ecclesiastical
Magisterium. The answer is known by whoever remembers the conciliar declaration
of March 6, 1964, repeated on November 16, 1964: given the Council's pastoral
character, it avoided pronouncing, in an extraordinary manner, dogmas endowed
with the note of infallibility." (Pope Paul VI, General Audience, Jan.12,
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