EWTN Catholic Q&A
does God choose?
Question from cfd on 11-07-2012:

Hi Fr. Echert, Does scripture say that God chooses the head of each country? If so, why would God choose a pro-abortion leader like Obama?

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 11-12-2012:

We must distinguish between the active will of God and the permissive will of God. By his active will, God wills what is good; by his permissive will, God permits evil but for some greater good. In the case of a radical pro-abortion president like Obama, God allowed the exercise of free will among American voters, even though God would not actively will a pro-abortion leader for anyone. But somehow this president will fit into the divine plan, not necessarily for his own good but for some purpose, which could include our own chastisement, for such an abominable choice...

Father Echert