A BREAK IN THE LINE OF GUARDIANSHIPPosted: July 6, 2009
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, for whom the restoration of scripturally sanctioned leadership of the Universal House of Justice proved more attractive than the dubious claims of Mason Remey.
The House commented that its own authority was not dependent on the presence of a Guardian, and that its legislative functioning was unaffected by the absence of a Guardian. It stated that in its legislation it would be able to turn to the mass of interpretation left by Shoghi Effendi. 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.