Sedisvakanz is apparently what the Germans call a papal interregnum (from Christian Säfkens Weblog). And papal interregnums are the norm (unlike ‘The King is dead – Long live the King!). Indeed, according to the sedevacantists, the papal seat is permanently vacant because the person in it is a heretic. But I suppose sedevacantists get a rest during an interregnum.
Meanwhile, it is noted by Wortfeld that the opening page of the website of the Bayerischer Rundfunk has been totally papified, and Frank Lachmann at argh! quotes N-TV’s response from a live soundbite of a member of the public, wondering why it was broadcast:
bq. “ich bin wirklich bestürzt. aber wir katholiken glauben ja an die auferstehung, also ist das ja auch sowas wie ‘ne chance.”
bq. “I feel really shaken, but after all, we Catholics believe in the Resurrection, so it’s also a sort of opportunity”.