When we consider clerical discipline, we should keep a few priciples in mind:
First is that the priesthood is not the personal property of the ordinand. The priesthood is rather, a charismatic gift entrusted to the priest * by the church *. The priest exercises his ministry in, and for the church. He cannot take it with him if he leaves the church.
Secondly, parish priests do not act on their * own * authority; but on behalf of the bishop. Our parish priests are assigned to their parish; just as military officers are assigned to their post. If a parish priest leaves his parish without the blesssing of his bishop, he ceases to be a priest. The formal act of laicization is just a recognition of that fact.
I really think that the term "traditionalist" is incredibly misleading. Usually, it refers to a priest, or layman, who wants to grow a long beard and pony tail and wear the Rasso all over town. You know there is nothing "traditional" about a man with a pony tail. In fact, the Apostle Paul stated: "Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him...". If you look at the icons of St Nicholas and St John Chrystostom, you don't see long beards. The fact is many traditionalists are * very * selective about the traditions they want to uphold. We could spend months discussing traditionalist groups that have played havoc with the canons regarding the territorial integrity of dioceses , and priests who have ' jumped ship ' from one jurisdiction to the next. None of this is traditional in the true sense of the word.
I very much doubt that * any * priest has been * purged * from the AOA because he was a truly traditional, observant Orthodox Chrisitian. I grew up in an ethnic parish in the OCA. I was trained as a cantor by traditional monastics. I now sing in a small Antiochian mission in Oklahoma. From my experience, for what it is worth, the Antiochian clergy, and laity, at least in this part of the world, are at least as observant and traditional as any Orthodox in any jurisdiciton; and a lot more so than some others.
In the end, we Orthodox are a tiny minority in this country. We need to be helping and supporting each other; not picking each other's pimples ! Let's all resolve to pray and support each other during this holy season.
Best wishes to all for a blessed Fast and a joyous Holy Pascha