Hi all. I am a convert from atheism to Catholicism, so please forgive me if this question seems silly to the more experienced cradle Catholics of the forum.
I normally prefer the Knox Bible for private study, but sometimes the Holy Spirit moves me to study from the NAB, and I never argue with Divine Guidance.
While reading the Book of Tobit in the St. Joseph’s edition NABRE I noticed the following footnote to 12:12:
Raphael is one of the Seven Angels of the Presence, specially designated intercessors who present prayers to God. Angelology was developing during this period. The names of two other of these seven, Michael and Gabriel, are given in the bible. See 1 Enoch for the names of the rest.
I checked in the New Catholic Answer Bible (NAB) that I was given in RCIA and it contained the same footnote.
Is the Book of Enoch considered a valid biblical text by the Catholic Church?
If it is, should four extra-biblical Archangels, Uriel, Jehudiel, Sealtiel, and Barachiel, be venerated with the same respect and admiration given to Michael, Gabriel, and Raphel?
I asked the Deacon who ran the RCIA program about this, and he stared at me, mumbled a half-hearted answer, and then walked off. :shrug:
Any insight would be greatly appreciated, thanks.