In the post below some of the commenters have discussed the Catholics who say "I’m Catholic, but I can also think for myself." The ones that proudly proclaim they are independent. The one thing about thinking with the mind of the Church is that it is like a massively parallel computer processing. Instead of a single mind determining what is truth we are linked to what Christ taught and was passed down from the Apostles both orally and written. This data has flowed through the Church fathers and others and has been enriched and expanded on by the magisterium. The data has not experienced packet loss or corruption and is only richer through development of this doctrinal data.
Those that make the claim above are like those who take their computer off the massively parallel network and then claim they are better off. At one time in our space program they use to employ three computers to run the same information. Only information that two of three computers agreed upon was considered valid. The same goes with doctrine. The name of those black boxes in this case are Scripture and Apostolic Tradition. They get to out vote you every time. It doesn’t matter if you agree with those two outputs, your output will be just seen as error to be ignored. Everything is functioning properly if your output is the same as theirs. Disagreeing doesn’t make you independent, it makes you wrong.
(Yes I’m a geek, though I bet Dr. Thursday could do a lot better with this analogy.)