So, I’m a Latin-rite cradle Catholic. It wasn’t until recently that I even knew about Eastern Catholics. I knew about the Orthodox Churches that were not in communion with Rome, but I had no idea that there were “other” types of Catholics.
Some time ago, I remember hearing (when being told about Papal Infallibility) that one of the few infallible teachings that we regularly see is when the Pope declares a Saint. I know that there was no Canonization process for the archangels, due to them being mentioned in Scripture as being in Heaven. The thing that gets me is this St. Uriel that the Orthodox Churches venerate. To my understanding, the Orthodox Churches have a longer Biblical Canon than we do. And the archangel Uriel is mentioned in one of those “extra” books.
I figured that the list (or litany, or whatever) for the Orthodox Churches are probably quite different than that of the Catholics’ due to Saints having been canonized on both sides since the split. I was then informed that the Catholic Church (at least the Latin part of the Catholic Church) had denounced veneration of Uriel, due to his biblical source being from a book that the Catholic Church considers apocryphal. Then recently, a Byzantine Catholic Church which I had ‘liked’ on Facebook made a post mentioning St. Uriel.
My question is this: if the recognition of an entity as a ‘Saint’ is infallible, and the Holy See has denounced the teaching that an entity is a Saint, and the Eastern Catholic Churches are loyal to the Holy See, how can they venerate a Saint, whether human or angelic, that is not recognized as such by the Holy See?
Please do not read this as an attack against Eastern Catholicism, instead, I hope to be educated on the subject. Perhaps I’m mistaken about one of my definitions?