George Weigel’s Wednesday column is our second ” On The Square ” essay today; in it, Weigel continues to examine the “tectonic shifts” in Catholic episcopal leadership in America, including recent measures by Bishop Thomas Olmsted:

Bishop Olmsted inherited a terrible situation in Phoenix: The previous bishop had been disgraced; the local legal authorities had stated publicly that they could not trust the Church to police its own house in matters of sexual abuse, and proposed to take over that function themselves. Bishop Olmsted didn’t squawk, nor did he deny that serious problems existed. Rather, he quietly and decisively set about fixing what needed fixing, so that the public authorities were soon content to revert to a more normal Church/state relationship.