In sorting throught the situation in the Antiochian Archdiocese, I would welcome comment on a possible solution not only to the situation in the Antiochian Archdiocese, but also to the N. American context in general. First with respect to the Antiochian Archdiocese, in order to save face, the Holy Synod in Damascus could reaffirm its February 28th decision to make all bishops "auxiliaries"; but also could elevate the current bishops to Metropolitans. Thus the Antiochian Metropolitans would sit on the Holy Synod in Damscus, and be on an equal par with their Middle Eastern Brother Metropolitans. Furthermore, if the OCA and other jurisdictions followed suit, then we in this country would all be on level ground in order to go to the next step of unifying into a North American Church in the future (albeit with various Metropolias).
From a narrow Antiochian perspective, this would relieve the burden of sorting out the auxiliary issue (the only auxiliary bishops would be those attached to help the Metropolitans), and would help preserve intact the legacy of our Holy Hierarchs (who have all done wonderful works for the Church).
From a broader perspective, these elevations would more smoothly facilitate a future merger of our jurisdictions. Otherwise we will forever have the barrier of the Greeks having mainly Metropolitans, and the others having Bishops/Auxiliary Bishops (even though many of the latter tend to as many if not more parishes than these Metropolitans both here and abroad). If not put into place, a future merger would be as complicated as trying to put together various armies, some of whom having many Generals; while others have only one.