I would agree that the not having "one Bishop per city" is not the preferrable way of doing things. And yes, it may be in direct conflict with the Holy Canons, yet I'm sure if I looked I could find a Canon that we break every time we go to Church (perhaps not taking off shoes may be against the Canons)
We of course, as Orthodox should follow the Canons as closely as we can, upholding them because they are Sacred, at the same time common sense and practicallity will dictate how far we can adhere to the ones that aren't in direct conflict with the Faith.
Because immagrants from all over the Orthodox world came to North America in a relatively short time, it was simply impossible to uphold this Canon of one Bishop per city. How could people from Greece, Syria, Russia, Serbia etc all agree, BEFORE coming to the America's that they would have a new Bishop that didn't speak all 15 plus langauges of the Orthodox Churches presiding over each city? This was point in fact impossible.
Of course, NOW, we should indeed strive to adhere to this rule. But we should try to adhere to it with common sense, the guiding of the Holy Spirit, and in Orthdoox love. Not just so we can say we're adhering to one of the Sacred Canons. When in fact there are others no one would expect to adhere to. (its my understanding the Canons state fasting is much more strict than even some monks can handle yet pastoral exceptions are made all the time)
So do you see my point? While I agree with you, this is really a major issue. It in no way compromises the Faith, but it is changed as out of practicallity. It is still the difference between Big T Tradition and little t tradition.
I'm not saying its desirable, but at this point in time, it may be necessary. You ma diagree and thats fine...I'm sure, by your post, you're more able to debate this issue than I am. I freely admit I can't quote every Canon, or even one Canon.
I for one actually see something good in the acception to this rule: Good? Yes...it shows to protestants and other potential converts (I just use protestans because I was one) that though Orthodoxy isn't one huge monolithic block of a religion (like Rome) and even with the various jurisdictions, traditions, langauges etc we are still the exact same faith. In a way, it gives a taste of the Church in the first few centuries of Christianity...though different cultures, traditions, and even sometimes langauges were at play, the Faith was the exact same. It is but a small proof f the validity of Orthodoxy. Americans could not get this otherwise unless they were world travelers.
So even in what most would consider a non disirable situation, I think there can still be some good come out it.
But this is just my opinion, and I'm sure many, maybe most would disgree with me.
In Christ, Thomas