Like the other pieces by Catholic theologians that I've been looking at over the last couple of days, this one by Tracey Rowland is actually about how Catholics should communicate and "frame" their message to make it more persuasive. It's interesting to see theologians make suggestions like that to other Catholics.
The most important thing about the article from my viewpoint, however, is that it demonstrates exactly what I've been saying, here in the US, as I keep bumping into people who want to persuade me that Catholic moral teachings make sense from a secular viewpoint, that there are independent secular reasons for their teachings, or when this is not the case we see theologians and religious leaders dissenting from the traditional teachings. The point is that it's not true - on the contrary, the Catholic teachings make sense only in the context of a larger worldview that is distinctively religious, and which includes a "sacramental" view of the world (yes, that's the word I've been using). Divorced from all this, it becomes incoherent and bizarre. Rowland makes the same point very clearly and strongly, though obviously for a different purpose.
So will secular people please stop defending Catholic moral views on the basis that could somehow stand on their own outside of a broader religious view of the world? This is one claim that we really should put behind us. To Tracey Rowland's credit, she does not make such a claim ... however flimsy the rest of her argument may be.