Rave in the Nave (The Cale Clarke Show)

In an episode that’s bound to leave your jaw on the floor, Cale Clarke jumps into a story that’s causing quite the stir in the religious and historical communities alike. Imagine turning the solemn and revered aisles of Canterbury Cathedral, a site with deep roots in Catholic history, into a rave venue. Yes, you heard it right—a rave, but not just any rave. We’re talking about a silent disco extravaganza, lighting up the nave with strobe lights and filling the air, not with thunderous beats, but with the silent thumping of disco beats through wireless headphones.

Edward Pentin, a respected Vatican correspondent and a Canterbury native, shares his firsthand shock and dismay at witnessing this modern-day Bacchanalia set against the backdrop of profound historical and spiritual significance. This event, dubbed as “rave in the nave,” is part of a growing trend of silent discos held in cathedrals across the UK, aiming to raise funds for their upkeep while minimizing noise disruption.

But here’s the kicker: the music blasting through those headphones wasn’t exactly what you’d call church hymns. As revelers sipped cocktails and danced, they belted out lyrics to secular songs, echoing through the same arches and balustrades that witnessed the martyrdom of St. Thomas Beckett for the faith and the church.

Outside, a diverse group of protestors—Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelicals, Anglicans, and even atheists—gathered in the pouring rain, united in their dismay over the sacred being profaned. They prayed, sang hymns, and read Holy Scripture, standing in defiance of the rave’s perceived sacrilege. How amazing is that?!

But let’s not forget the heart of the matter: Canterbury Cathedral’s history is intertwined with the missionary zeal of St. Augustine of Canterbury and the transformational journey of Thomas Beckett from a man of vanity to one of profound piety and martyrdom. Their stories, filled with challenges, doubts, and ultimate faithfulness, are stark reminders of the cathedral’s sacred legacy—a legacy that seems at odds with its recent use as a party venue.

Cale raises profound questions about the balance between preservation and profanation, between celebrating history and desecrating memory.

Ask yourself: where do we draw the line between enjoying unique spaces and respecting their sacredness?

Check out the whole hour here!

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.