Yet, it was Rúhíyyih Khánum who became the Hand’s de facto anointed leader during their meetings after Shoghi Effendi’s death. Appropriate leadership should have been by the President of the IBC, Mason Remey, but the majority of them did not want that. In reading Shoghi Effendi’s instructions, it is clear that Mason Remey was the only one who had been given authority to convene the International Bahá'í Council, yet that was never allowed to happen. The Hands dissolved Shoghi Effendi‘s IBC and *elected* one of their own, which had no God-given authority whatsoever. This signaled the beginning of the end, when they finally removed the invisible thread of Infallibility from their midst. Shoghi Effendi’s instructions were never followed, and it was eventually Mason Remey who was belittled and banished by them. Upon leaving, Mason Remey took the invisible thread of Infallibility with him, leaving them naked. Up until then, they had that unacknowledged and hidden invisible thread in their midst; but now it was gone.
By David Maxwell