Q  Why is the book of Enoch not included in the Catholic Bible?

– Alain Verghese, Delhi

The book of Enoch was already in existence much before the birth of Christ. Early Christians considered it to be part of scripture, as the Church Fathers have referred to this mysterious book in their writings. The second and third century Fathers of the Church like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria have used the Book of Enoch in their writings. As a result, this book was widely known and read during the first three centuries after Christ. But the Council of Laodicea (363-364 AD) discredited this and many other books, after which it gradually passed out of circulation.

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Fr Bitaju Mathew, O.SS.T. belongs to the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (Trinitarians). He serves as the secretary Vice Provincial of the Order in India and is currently Chaplain of the Jesus Youth International Formation Team.