Prosecutors say a secret society within the New York-based self-help group branded women with a leader’s initials.
Americans' confidence in religious leaders' honesty and ethical standards has been tanking in recent years.
Beijing abbot Shi Xuecheng is a well-known religious leader in China.
The symbolic gesture recalls Jesus' washing of the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper.
"We are a moral movement, rising up in resistance to the cruelness of this Congress."
Francis said the shortage of priests is an "enormous problem."
Another lay leader said their pastor "will be the first one to stand up and say where he's wrong from the pulpit. I mean