Obviously a student of public education and a Catholic that didn't pay much attention during religious instruction. The Puritans came here to escape religious persecution alright, but not from the Catholic Church. They were persecuted by the Church of England, (Protestant) which had broken with the Catholic Church. Did you not learn of the persecution and death of Saint Thomas Moore at the hands of the English? That is not to say that Catholics were not caught up in the passions of those days. But please get your history right if you want to belign someone's faith.