Scandal and trouble plague the entirety of the Church. Always have and always will. Lutheranism is no exception, and neither is Orthodoxy, of course. One thinks of the crisis of late in the OCA over the financial shenanigans of the hierarchy and the demands of the laity for a real accountability. But that pales in comparison to the unheard of innovation (!?!) among the Antiochians, as Metropolitan Phillip "demoted" all the bishops in the Independent Archdiocese to being "auxiliary bishops" leaving himself as the only "real" bishop of the Archdiocese. Apparently particularly under the gun is Bishop Mark of Toledo, a convert himself, and forced to deal with a rather vociferous enclave of Arab nationals who are pushing for his removal over them.
It is, I believe, unfair to suggest that those who left our jurisdiction to head East did so with the notion of escaping the trials attendant to the Church militant in her pilgrimage through this world. They knew they would have to face them wherever they sojourned. In fact, this strife was looming on the horizon before many of them converted. They simply believed that they could better be faced under a canonically ordered hierarchy. Yet it must be entirely disheartening when the office of bishop can be unilaterally yanked from its incumbents and made a political football of sorts. The very advantages to the episcopacy rising above such power plays is horridly compromised by it; and the mission of Christ's Church across the board is damaged.
I pray that the political machinations and injustices may come to an end among the Antiochian Archdiocese in a God-pleasing way, even as I pray they come to an end in my own Synod. May the Lord of His Church strengthen and uphold all incumbents of the Office of the Holy Ministry in their varied callings to proclaim His Gospel and administer His life giving sacraments to the upbuilding of His people, and may repentance be granted to all who would oppose and DEPOSE those whom Christ has called to administer His gifts for the building up of His body!