A question came up during a game today. The apostle of peace prestige class in the book of exalted deeds has the pacifying touch ability that says it requires you touch someone. The ability does not say what type of action it takes and does not say it requires an actual touch attack. Thus the player argued that he can just say he touches someone and it happens without regard to touch AC and that anyone who touches him is affected by it.
We are all pretty sure he is wrong, but the GM would like something more concrete to prove it.
What it the action required to use pacifying touch, and does the character's need to touch a target imply a touch attack?