As many may or may not yet be aware, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has made a recent move that speaks volumes in the current political climate and might suggest their pockets are much deeper than one had thought (and thus capable of handling lawsuits and legal fees). Metropolitan Joseph has appointed Bishop Demetri as an auxiliary (without using the word) to the diocese of Los Angeles. For those who don’t know, Bp Demetri was convicted for doing things we’ve been hearing about on the news lately (grabbing a woman in a sexually assaulting manner—though she wasn’t his only victim). After the bishops retired him, Metropolitan Philip nearly reinstated him in 2009 (after the bishops were demoted, reduced from diocesan bishops to mere auxiliaries–which happened after a huge sum of money was sent to Antioch). So, with the bishops still demoted, Metropolitan Joseph can do this. Should he do it is another question all together. I, for one, dare say not. This is not a good message to send the women and girls of our church.