I don’t just mean “today” as in “already,” what some are doing now. I mean, what are some ways fellow Protestants can re-imagine and better appropriate the historical role of Rome, even if they don’t want to be fully Catholic?
To say that being Protestant means an automatic 100% rejection of the papacy is a bit simplistic. Yes, the Protestant Reformation assumed that the papal office was in SOME sense a corruption (some Reformers even calling the Pope the Anti-Christ).
I suppose there will always be the “Whore of Babylon” breed of Protestants. But Protestantism is diverse. So here’s the question: How can Protestants today accept and utilize the Petrine office in Rome?
Any honest observant of Christian history will see that the papal office and Rome have played a central role in the Church from the beginning. Even the Orthodox, who do not accept the full Catholic understanding, acknowledge a proper primacy of Rome in the early Church — or else their own church today would not claim a primacy (Constantinople, in their view).