Clergy are exempt from reporting child sexual abuse in over half of U.S. states.
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."