the person was mistaken. perhaps he or she confused the Church’s teachings about states of life.
the Church teaches that the contemplative life is the highest vocation. the Carthusians are contemplatives who live more like hermits than members of a community. the thrust of their ministry is contemplation in isolation. they seek to remove themselves as completely as possible from this world and to spend their time in prayer and contemplation. in some theological treatises about states of life, there may be comments indicating that the carthusian order is an attempt to live the highest vocation of the contemplative in its most ideal form.
there are different levels of the sacrament of orders, there is the diaconate, the priesthood and the episcopal levels. each level is a greater participation in the ministerial priesthood established by Jesus.