Our fifth graders invited me to visit and teach them about the sacrament of Order. So today I went over and led them through a little reflection on oversight, teaching, and the ordered assembly in which we Catholics pray. Kids understand the need for these ministries right away when you have them imagine a school without teachers or a principal.
They had endless questions about things like liturgical prostration, laicization, and (in their own words) the distinction between the religious and clerical states. But to my great surprise, none of them asked me about clerical celibacy or the reservation of ordination to men. I couldn't decide whether to be relieved or disappointed!