According to Josephus, there were four prominent sects of Judaism at the time of Jesus'ministry namely, Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees and Zealots. In the NT we come across a number of people identified by their respective sects. For instance:
St Paul who calls himself a Pharisee ( Phil 3:4) Apostle Simon who was called Zealot (Lk 6:15)
We do not hear much about the Essenes in the NT. Dr James Tabor has the following to say:
The Essenes (possibly from ‘Ossim, meaning “Doers of Torah”), who wrote or collected the Dead Sea Scrolls, pioneered certain aspects of this “Way” over 150 years before the birth of Jesus. They were a wilderness (out in the Arava, near the Dead Sea–based on Isaiah 40:3), baptizing (mikveh of repentance as entrance requirement into their fellowship), new covenant, messianic/apocalyptic group (they were expecting three redemptive Figures—the Prophet like Moses and his two Messiahs), that saw themselves as the remnant core of God’s faithful people—preparing the Way for the return of YHVH’s Glory (Kavod) as set forth in Isaiah 40-66. They too referred to themselves as the Way, the Poor, the Saints, the New Covenanters, Children of Light, and so forth. Perhaps their most common designation was the Yachad–the brotherhood or community, and they referred to themselves as brother and sister. They were bitterly opposed to the corrupt Priests in Jerusalem, to the Herods, and even to the Pharisees whom they saw as compromising with that establishment to get power and influence from the Hellenistic/Roman powers. They had their own developed Halacha (interpretation of Torah), some aspects of which Jesus picks up (ideal of no divorce, not using oaths, etc.).
One sees many similarities between the life & teachings of Jesus and the precepts of Essenes. A large part of his pre-Ministry life on which the Gospels are silent, could also perhaps be explained in association with Essenes. For instance, his 40 days' fast in the wilderness could have been prompted by the lifestyle of Essenes.
My question therefore is: According to Catholic Church, did Jesus belong to the Essenes sect of Judaism ?