A BREAK IN THE LINE OF GUARDIANSHIP

Mason Remey and his successors asserted that a living Guardian is essential for the Bahá’í community, and that the Bahá’í writings required it. The basis of these claims were almost universally rejected by the body of the Bahá’ís,[27][41] for whom the restoration of scripturally sanctioned leadership of the Universal House of Justice proved more attractive than the dubious claims of Mason Remey.[72]

The House commented that its own authority was not dependent on the presence of a Guardian,[32] and that its legislative functioning was unaffected by the absence of a Guardian.[23] It stated that in its legislation it would be able to turn to the mass of interpretation left by Shoghi Effendi.[23] The Universal House of Justice addressed this issue further early after its election clarifying that “there is nowhere any promise or guarantee that the line of Guardians would endure forever; on the contrary there are clear indications that the line could be broken.



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