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Custom comparator of Java priority queue

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I am trying to sort a priority queue based on custom Comparators but it throws an error:

Line 11: error: no suitable method found for sort(Queue<Custom>,<anonymous Comparator<Custom>>)

The priority queue is used to sort a custom class object; I am trying to sort the priority queue multiple times using different comparators.

The code I was trying to execute:

class Solution {
    public List<Integer> findClosestElements(int[] arr, int k, int x) {
        // insert elements to PQ by distance
        Queue<Custom> pq = new PriorityQueue<Custom>();
        for(int i=0; i< arr.length; i++){
            // should sort the elements by default compare method of custom class
            pq.offer(new Custom(Math.abs(x-arr[i]), arr[i], i));
        // some operations
        Collections.sort(pq, new Comparator<Custom>(){
            public int compare(Custom a, Custom b){
                return a.index-b.index;
        // using the lambda just like Collections.sort(pq, (a,b) -> a.index-b.index); returns no suitable method available for sort(Queue<Custom>,(a,b)->a.i[...]index)
        List<Integer> ret = new ArrayList<Integer>(k);
        return ret;
class Custom implements Comparator<Custom>, Comparable<Custom>{
        public int dist=0, num, index;
        public Custom(int dist, int num, int index){
            this.dist = dist;
            this.num = num;
            this.index = index;
        public int compare(Custom a, Custom b){
            return b.dist-a.dist;
        public int compareTo(Custom b){
            return b.dist-this.dist;