There’s no doubt that the confrontation with Darwinian evolution in the 19th century stole much of the confidence of traditional faith leaders.
Wallace’s formulation of evolution was quite incompatible with Darwin’s. His theory might be called intelligent evolution.
ID is a rival theory, a scientific theory, doing the normal work that scientific ideas must do to supplant a currently dominant idea.
“Well, we can’t touch the third rail, so the question becomes, How can we safely get past it?”
There is an ongoing debate about intelligent design in the Thomist system.